Fonseca glad to have Diawara back after important Roma response

Roma bounced back to winning ways on Wednesday as they beat Fiorentina 2-1 away from home.

Leonardo Spinazzola scored at both ends of the pitch in the second half, before Amadou Diawara – making his first Serie A start since the opening day of the season – scored a late winner with his first ever goal from open play for Roma.

The result saw a response to the weekend’s loss to Milan and means Roma are fifth in the table.

Here’s how coach Paulo Fonseca – who has now won all four of his matches against Fiorentina – reacted.

On the importance of bouncing back

“It was a really tough game, but I think we deserved to win – especially after the second-half performance. We created chances and we were solid at the back. It was really important to win here.”

On the response to the Milan loss

“It was important to realise, after not winning, what we needed to do to improve. The team showed the right attitude. We won a game that we really needed to win.”

On what needs to improve against bigger sides

“We have had some games against rivals where we have done a lot of good things, but we’ve always been lacking in one way or another. The team needs to improve when we play the best sides.”

On Amadou Diawara returning to form

“He was sidelined for a long time. Since he’s come back, he’s been playing well. Today – even aside from the goal – he put in a brilliant performance. I’m pleased to have another option at my disposal.”

On his discussion with Pedro before the game

“The conversation with Pedro was a very normal one between a player and his coach. We talked about a few details, how he played when he came on at the weekend, where he can improve.”

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