The Portuguese coach wants to see his side dominate the opponents. Fonseca’s game plan resembles that of the former Napoli leader, Maurizio Sarri.
It is never easy to compare two coaches. Each of them has their way of managing their own group and preparing sometimes surprising tactical moves. But Fonseca’s words give us clear indications about his football.
The new head coach of the Giallorossi wants to implement very offensive strategies to manage the possession and create scoring opportunities. An ambitious way of playing that could fascinate or frighten the fans. But his tactical credo seems to be very similar to that of Maurizio Sarri.
His basic philosophy is to keep his side high up the pitch and very compact. As Paulo Fonseca once stated: “The idea is to be high and narrow, therefore compact, and with a lot of density.” [quote reported by the AS Roma official website]. This might be a great way to face football powerhouses implementing a courageous tactical approach to a team that too often did not have the necessary character to dominate the opponents.
This way of seeing football remembers that of Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli. The Partenopei played great football for a few years. Quick and quality touches with players constantly moving on the pitch to find the right spaces between the enemy lines. A treat for the eyes, a symphony that made even those who did not support Napoli thrill.
Fonseca may be lucky enough to face one of the greatest Italian coaches next season. Reportedly Sarri could be joining Juventus soon leaving Chelsea after only one year. Even Antonio Conte begins the next campaign with the desire to amaze. Inter will definitely play to win the Scudetto with a crazy desire to interrupt Juventus’ hegemony. Will the new Roma coach be able to challenge the Italian powerhouses? It depends on the players who will be added to his roster.