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Fonseca cites Mihajlovic as motivation for Roma’s progress

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After an unsuccessful ending of the last season, Eusebio Di Francesco was let go and replaced by Paulo Fonseca.

The new Roma boss brought positive energy to the Italian capital as the team is yet to lose this season. It’s raining goals in Rome, as Fonseca’s team scored 12 goals in four matches.

While the defense is still shaky, the offensive part of the team works like a clock. With Edin Dzeko leading the line, Roma is hoping to get something out of Arsenal outcast, Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Kolarov joined the goals galore as he scored two at the beginning of the season.

In the press-conference, Fonseca referred to Bologna’s boss fighting against cancer, Mihajlovic, for motivation:

“The team is in good shape and motivated.

“We were able to rotate the squad for the Europa League game, so we can use those who didn’t play midweek. That match had different characteristics to this one, as I prefer to play with two midfielders in Serie A and tomorrow they will be Bryan Cristante and Jordan Veretout.

“We can be versatile, it’s not that there are static players, as it all depends on the game, the situation and the opponent. Chris Smalling will continue training until he reaches 100 per cent fitness, while it’s possible Aleksandar Kolarov or Federico Fazio will rest.

“It’s not easy in Italy to dominate possession, as the opposition always bring their qualities to the game. We’re working on it, but everyone we’ve faced so far have had attacking principles and that doesn’t make it easy for us.

“However, we won’t change our general approach to the game or alter those basic concepts. If we don’t believe in what we’re doing, in life as well as football, it’s difficult to achieve anything. Negativity makes it more difficult. I am a positive person and try to transmit that to the team.”

Roma will look to continue positive streak as they face Mihajlovic’s Bologna on Sunday.