Fonseca took over at Roma this summer. The former Shakhtar manager managed to turn the tide in Rome as the team is playing some solid football.
At the start of the season, Roma is sitting at fifth. Fonseca’s team is just a point behind Napoli, and seven behind the league-leader Juventus.
However, a big test is coming up for Roma. The Romanians are traveling to face Sampdoria.
Sampdoria just hired Claudio Ranieri, a proven winner from his time at Leicester.
To add to the danger for Roma, they only took two wins in their last 10 away matches against Sampdoria.
Fonseca is well-aware of this. The manager talked in the press conference ahead of tomorrow’s match, and quoting Football Italia, said:
“Obviously, I expect this to be a difficult game, especially as Roma have only won two of their last 10 visits to Samp.
“They just changed management and brought in Claudio Ranieri, so will be fired up.
“There is also the threat of weather warnings and all these circumstances come together to create a tough situation.
“Ranieri is a great Coach, very experienced, so will try to bring defensive stability to a team that is struggling. If a side defends badly, it doesn’t have much possibility of winning.”
The Portuguese manager also warned about Ranieri’s teams’ playing style, adding:
“I therefore expect to be up against a solid, compact team that will wait to hit us on the counter-attack.
“It’ll be up to us to find a way around that, but my men are accustomed to taking the initiative.
“I’m not worried at the recent lack of goals, because we always create the chances, including 10-12 against Cagliari.
“We concentrated on finishing during training this week, working hard with the players.”
Paulo Fonseca continued as he complained about too many matches for top players:
“Injuries represent a problem both at club and international level, as every week we see so many injuries happen on international duty.
“Modern football is killing the greatest players, because it is not humanly possible to play so many games. Those at the highest level ought to reflect on that.