Fonseca ‘very proud’ after setting up semi-final against Manchester United

Paulo Fonseca said he was “very proud” to have guided Roma into the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Roma will face English side Manchester United in the last four after beating Ajax 3-2 on aggregate.

The second leg ended 1-1 thanks to Edin Dzeko’s 30th European goal for the club.

It now means an exciting last-four tie, the first leg of which will take place on 29th April in Manchester.

Here’s how Fonseca reacted.

On containing Ajax

“I think we had more problems defensively in Amsterdam, whereas tonight we largely had Ajax under control. They are a team with a lot of quality, but we did really well in defence today.”

On goalscorer Dzeko

“Dzeko is motivated, happy and everything is going well right now.”

On Bryan Cristante and Riccardo Calafiori’s roles in the goal

“Bryan has a lot of quality on the ball, playing out from the back with Bryan is an important part of our game. Riccardo Calafiori did well and set up the goal. We know that Bryan has this ability to pick a pass and escape the initial press, which makes him a very special centre-back.”

On making it to the semi-finals

“I’ve never reached a semi-final before, so this makes me very proud, especially as we are representing Italy right now. It’s a source of pride for Roma and we are all very happy.”

On his future

“It doesn’t change anything. I don’t know if I will be the Roma coach next season, just that I will be the coach for the next game. As I’ve always said, I am not remotely concerned with the future. All that matters now is Roma.”

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