Roma’s miserable form continued with a 2-0 defeat to Sampdoria on Sunday.
After a 6-2 loss to Manchester United three days earlier in the Europa League, the task was to restore some pride, but Roma fell short.
With numbers thin on the ground, Roma suffered and saw their ex-boss Claudio Ranieri take the points.
The man who succeeded him, Paulo Fonseca, has really struggled in these final few weeks of his contract. Here’s how he reacted to the latest disappointing result.
On what’s going wrong
“We played well in the first half. At the end of that first 45 minute we conceded a goal, which has become something of a habit, and in the second half we couldn’t find a way to respond.”
On the drop-off in form
“The problem today is that we came here with 10 players missing. In March we lost important players, players it was hard to replace. March was a difficult month to get through, with so many issues and so many games. And then what happened, happened.”
On whether his relationship with the squad still functions
“We need to understand what we are going through right now. It’s a tough period. The defeat in Manchester left a mark.”
On the reason for all the injuries
“They aren’t because of training, because with two days between games all we can do is try to make sure the players recover. The problem is that, without so many players, we haven’t had enough time to really manage those who have returned to availability.”
On whether Roma could have finished higher
“I remember that at the start of the season Sky Sports were saying that Roma would finish sixth. But anyway, I think we could have done better. We haven’t had Chris Smalling available in key moments of the season, and Nicolo Zaniolo has missed all of it.”