Fonseca tries to pinpoint where Roma are falling short against big teams after another loss

Roma suffered yet another defeat to a big team on Sunday as they were beaten 2-1 by Milan.

Paying the price for a slow start that could have seen the visitors go multiple goals ahead in the opening few minutes, Roma could not claw their way back into the game.

Jordan Veretout gave them some hope of that with a well-taken goal early in the second half, cancelling out a controversial Franck Kessie penalty just before the break.

However, Milan bounced back with a goal from the influential Ante Rebic to raise further questions of Fonseca.

Here are five key comments from the coach after his disappointing record in the games that matter most continued.

On where the problem lies against big teams

“It’s hard to make sense of it. We always fall short in the small details, we lack a little something against the big sides. We can’t run from that problem. It’s true that we have not won against the big sides, but it’s a matter of fine margins. It’s not an attacking problem but a defensive one, in my opinion.”

On individual errors

“I have not spoken about individual mistakes; when we get something wrong, we all get it wrong. The errors are also of organisation – we didn’t do well in our build-up, we didn’t drop off when we should have done, we didn’t make the right decisions at the right time.”

On the referee’s performance

“I don’t want to talk about the refereeing. It’s easy to try and find excuses right now. It was an element of today I didn’t like, but I don’t want to make excuses.”

On a sluggish start

“It’s true, we started really badly tonight. Milan had a few early chances because we gave the ball away at the base of our build-up play. We got everything wrong in the first 20 minutes or so and we were too passive defensively.”

On what caused the decisive goal

“Pau was alone, he wasn’t under pressure and he could give it to Fazio or he could play it long. But after that it was difficult for Mancini to deal with Rebic, for the way the ball came across to him. The problem for us was the first mistake.”

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