Five Fonseca quotes: Roma boss reacts to his 50th Serie A game

Roma rose into the top four in Serie A by claiming a 3-1 win over Torino on Thursday.

Competing against 10 men for most of the match after Wilfried Singo was sent off early on, Roma took a two-goal lead into half-time.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened the scoring with a lethal strike, before Jordan Veretout kept up his perfect record from the penalty spot.

Lorenzo Pellegrini added to the scoring with a powerful left-footed strike in the second half, before Andrea Belotti pulled one back for the visitors.

Roma held on to the three points, though, ensuring back-to-back wins for the first time this month.

Here’s how Paulo Fonseca reacted to the game, which was his 50th Serie A match in charge of Roma.

On being back in the top four

“We are pleased with how the table looks right now, but there is still a long, long way to go. Now we need to think about the next game against Atalanta, which will be very difficult.”

On Lorenzo Pellegrini

“Pellegrini has always done well. Today he scored a nice goal and I think he put in a good performance, like he has done recently.”

On welcoming back Chris Smalling and Gianluca Mancini in defence

“It is important to have both Gianluca Mancini and Chris Smalling back. At half-time I decided not to take a risk with Mancini, as he had already been booked, but I was satisfied with both of them.”

On seeing out the game

“We didn’t see out the last part of the game in the best way. We could have used the ball better, especially as we had an extra man. They started to press us and we didn’t use the ball well, giving Torino the opportunity to attack us in the final third. I didn’t like that, nor did I like us conceding when we had an extra man.”

On having the owners present at games

“For the team it’s really important to feel their support. It’s a big positive having their presence around, for me.”

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