NEWS
Saturday January 23 2021
Fonseca refuses to answer Dzeko questions

Paulo Fonseca demands ‘more respect’ for Roma in the media after a 4-3 win over Spezia, but refuses to answer questions on his split with Edin Dzeko. ‘We proved we are all together.’

When Lorenzo Pellegrini scored the last-gasp winner for the 4-3 result, sparking wild celebrations, including Fonseca running up the touchline to join the group hug.

“It was an emotional moment. It would’ve been an injustice not to win this game, as we deserved to win fully, and it was a moment when we proved that we are all together,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

Fonseca was repeatedly pressed on the Dzeko situation and would not answer when asked if the striker has played his final game for Roma, or if their rapport is beyond repair.

“I already talked about this yesterday, I don’t want to say anything more. I understand your curiosity, but I don’t want to say anything else.

“The important thing is what we did here today, a great victory for the team.”

New director Tiago Pinto sat on the bench during the warm-up. Was he showing the club is standing by Fonseca?

“It was normal for the director to stay on the bench during the warm-up, there was nothing unusual.

“I am purely focused on my team. It is difficult to see that Roma are treated differently in the media – not Fonseca, but Roma – acting as if we are bottom of the table. I think Roma deserve more respect.

“I don’t pay attention to the media, I am just focused on my work.”

The Giallorossi are continuing to leak goals with wild abandon lately, as they’ve let in 10 during the last three competitive matches.

“I am the first to blame when we concede goals, but I think the circumstances around today’s goals by Spezia were team errors. Spezia never created the situations to score three goals today, it was totally against the run of play.”

Borja Mayoral missed two absolute sitters midweek against Spezia in the Coppa Italia, but scored twice this afternoon.

“I think he played well in the Coppa, he just didn’t score. He’s in a good period of form and I like that he scored two goals after that game. There are no second string players here, everyone can be a starter.”