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Sunday January 24 2021
Dzeko vs. Fonseca: what happens now?

Roma are at a crossroads after lurching from form side to crisis club in a matter of days, but Owen Diana sees this as a chance for the new owners to make their mark.

The dust has not settled in the Eternal City. After a convulsive week that included a demoralizing derby defeat and a farcical elimination from the Coppa Italia, Saturday’s wild 4-3 win over Spezia was a much-needed pick-me-up.

While that thrilling triumph will have given the Friedkins some crucial clarity regarding the next steps to take, it also presents them with a puzzling dilemma. Changes must be made in the dugout and on the pitch, but the question is when.

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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.

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Saturday January 23 2021
Pellegrini on Dzeko-Fonseca row

Lorenzo Pellegrini did not deny a total breakdown in the rapport between Edin Dzeko and Paulo Fonseca. ‘A victory can help resolve Roma problems.’

The Serie A game with Spezia kicks off at 14.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

Dzeko, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pedro Rodriguez are all out of action, officially due to injury, although there are reports the centre-forward was dropped following a row with his coach.

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Saturday January 23 2021
Allegri first choice for Roma and Chelsea

Max Allegri is emerging as the favourite for both Roma and Chelsea if they sack their coaches Paulo Fonseca and Frank Lampard.

The former Milan and Juventus boss is now a free agent and has been taking a break since he was fired by Juve in the summer of 2019.

He was dismissed despite winning five consecutive Serie A titles and reaching two Champions League Finals.

The English media are increasingly suggesting Allegri is the first choice should Lampard be dismissed.

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Friday January 22 2021
Fonseca continues without several key players

Edin Dzeko, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pedro, Antonio Mirante, Federico Fazio and Juan Jesus have been excluded from the Roma squad ahead of Spezia.

Paulo Fonseca faces his most delicate match of the season without a host of key players, as he revealed Pedro will be out and that captain Dzeko is injured ahead of the second leg against the newly promoted side this week.

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Friday January 22 2021
Dzeko future depends on Fonseca?

Edin Dzeko’s future at Roma is uncertain and reportedly depends on coach Paulo Fonseca’s position at the Giallorossi, but how did it get there?

SportItalia journalist Alfredo Pedulla reports the Bosnian captain could be on his way out this winter.

The report reveals Inter are not in the race, but Juventus could return for the veteran, as they missed out on the 34-year-old last summer and opted to sign Alvaro Morata on loan from Atletico Madrid.

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Friday January 22 2021
Fonseca: 'Dzeko is injured and will not play'

Roma coach Paulo Foseca said Edin Dzeko will not be available against Spezia on Saturday and stressed he feels ‘the support of the President’.

The Giallorossi are going through a difficult moment and Fonseca aims to end a winless run of three games when they play the newly promoted side for the second time this week.

But Fonseca said he is not affected by the rumours regarding Max Allegri and Maurizio Sarri being considered for his position at the helm.

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Friday January 22 2021
Report: tense relationship between Dzeko and Fonseca

According to La Repubblica newspaper, there are two reasons why Edin Dzeko and Paulo Fonseca's relationship became ‘difficult and tense.’

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Thursday January 21 2021
Roma players rebel against club

Tension is growing at Roma with multiple reports Edin Dzeko and Lorenzo Pellegrini confronted coach Paulo Fonseca and demanded the return of team manager Gianluca Gomber.

The situation is escalating after the Coppa Italia 4-2 defeat to Spezia in extra time on Tuesday evening.

Not only was that a humiliating loss on the pitch, but they would’ve been eliminated anyway for making six substitutions rather than the five allowed.

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Tuesday January 19 2021
Fonseca and Roma will 'discuss' subs error

Roma coach Paulo Fonseca admits they will ‘discuss that internally’ after making too many substitutions, but insists they ‘did enough to win’ against Spezia.

The Giallorossi crashed out of the Coppa Italia Round of 16, 2-2 after 90 minutes, 4-2 at the end of extra time.

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