Paulo Fonseca picks apart Roma issues after defeat to Parma

Roma fell to a 2-0 defeat to relegation-threatened Parma on Sunday, putting their Champions League hopes in serious doubt.

Goals conceded in either half condemned the Giallorossi to defeat on their travels and kept up their record of failing to win consecutive away league matches all season.

It was a disappointing display to say the least, and now Roma will be looking over their shoulders again.

Here’s how Paulo Fonseca reacted.

On the manner of goals conceded

“The truth is we cannot be conceding two goals like this: two attackers against four [defenders]. Because that changed the game. And then they dropped in deep and it becomes a lot harder to create chances against a side that sits back.”

On why Bryan Cristante didn’t start

“Bryan has also played almost every game recently, and it was hard for him to play the full 90 minutes again today. However, yes, we did better once Cristante came on.”

On issues in attack

“I don’t think there is an issue with the forwards. [Edin] Dzeko worked really hard today, his movement was good – but the ball didn’t come to him in a way that the strikers could do much with. And obviously against a side sitting deep like Parma, it is always harder for the forwards.”

On where the main problems came from

“I think the issue was in the central part of the pitch. It was a concentration issue for me. And when we are not focused then it becomes harder, because we end up conceding and that changes the game completely.”

On what he said to the players after the game

“I haven’t said anything. With a few exceptions, I don’t speak to them straight after the game. I like to go home and watch the game back and then come to a few conclusions. As far as what happened today goes, we will talk about it with the players the next day.”

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