Fonseca hails intelligence of Pellegrini and Cristante after win over Genoa

Paulo Fonseca was satisfied with Roma’s performance after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Genoa on Sunday.

Roma picked up consecutive Serie A wins for the first time since January thanks to a towering header from Gianluca Mancini.

There were few chances to add to the scoreline, but in the end it didn’t matter, as Roma held on to their win.

Here are five key quotes from Fonseca’s post-match reaction.

On the squad coping well with a busy schedule

“It’s true, they are doing well. We’ve managed the players and their gametime. A few players are a bit more tired than some of the others – because a few are playing pretty much every game, like [Bryan] Cristante, Mancini and [Lorenzo] Pellegrini.”

On Pellegrini’s performance in midfield

“Pellegrini covered Jordan Veretout’s role today. Jordan was playing really well there and whoever plays in that position needs to be able to find the spaces. Looking at the second line, Lorenzo did well – he ran and he worked hard to help the team.”

On why Cristante played on the left of the back three

“Bryan is a really intelligent footballer. I made that choice to give us a bit more quality with build-up from the back. We saw that Bryan and Gianluca Mancini had a bit more space either side to play and, with the ability on the ball Cristante has, we were able to get the win.”

On how Borja Mayoral did, with Edin Dzeko unlikely to return on Thursday

“Borja worked hard today. It was not an easy game for him, he didn’t have much space. As we saw, Genoa sat deeper and that always makes things harder for the attackers. But Borja did not give up and he worked hard for his teammates: he created space, he ran in behind and he helped out.”

On why Roma didn’t finish off Genoa sooner

“I expected Genoa to press us higher up, instead they opted to sit a bit deeper and so it was harder for us to find space, especially in the first half. We were a bit slow moving the ball around, without any deep balls into space either. But I think in the end we warranted the victory.”

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