Before the semi-final second leg of the Champions League, this Thursday (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 2) against Manchester United, Paulo Fonseca displayed a conquering face despite the heavy card (6-2) inflicted by the Red Devils in the first leg . The AS Roma coach also took the opportunity to wish good luck to José Mourinho, who will succeed him at the end of the season.
It is a change of era which is announced for AS Rome. At the end of the season, Paulo Fonseca, in post since the summer of 2019, will give way on the Roman bench to José Mourinho. But before this handover, the Giallorossi have an exercise to finish, with a semi-final return of the Europa League to play.
But for Paulo Fonseca’s team, the situation seems badly embarked on after a heavy defeat (6-2) last Thursday against Manchester United at Old Trafford. “We have to be honest, obviously it won’t be easy to win 4-0, conceded the Portuguese technician at a press conference. But in football, I have seen and experienced a lot, there is nothing impossible. I believe in it… “
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With the postponement of the Premier League match scheduled for Sunday between Manchester United and Liverpool, the Red Devils have not played since last Thursday and their card inflicted on AS Rome. “It’s true, they will certainly be fresher compared to us, Fonseca admitted. On top of that, they have the advantage of the first leg which reassures them. But we want to win and fight until the end.”
“Mourinho will do a great job here”
Fighting to the end, such is the credo now of Paulo Fonseca, whose days are numbered in Rome. “For me professionalism is a sacred value, assured the technician. I am here today exactly as I was on the first day I arrived: motivated and aiming to do my best for Roma. And it will be like that until the last day that I will be Giallorossi. “
Seventh in Serie A after 34 days, AS Roma is preparing to experience a new chapter with José Mourinho, who has signed for 3 seasons, embodying the new ambitions of the owners. “We all know his worth,” Fonseca praised of his compatriot and counterpart. “He’s a great coach and he will certainly do a great job, that’s not a problem for me.”