Fonseca: The Europa League is becoming a mini Champions League

The Portuguese coach believes Roma must play great football to get to the knockout stage of the Europa League. The Lupi will face tough opponents.

Paulo Fonseca wants to motivate his group to do their best at all times. The Giallorossi will face Borussia Monchengladbach, Istambul Basaksehir, and Wolfsberger AC in Group J of the Europa League.

“The Europa League is becoming a mini Champions League, these are great sides,” said Fonseca to Roma TV today. “It’s a tough group and we will have to give our best to reach the knockout stage.”

Roma faces Cengiz Under‘s former side. Turkey international will be an important player for Fonseca this campaign. Although the Europa League may not have the same charm as the most coveted and rich Champions League, the Giallorossi have the possibility to compete to reach the final stage of this international tournament.

(Full interview here)

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1 Comment

  1. Fonseca is only preparing everyone for the inevitable exit of Roma from the first group stage. Roma does not have the players to compete against their group. He has no idea what he will do with the defense he has. Roma has made some fairly good acquisitions with Smalling (mostly washed up). Kalinic won’t be playing with average strikers like at Fiorentina but might be OK at best I don’t expect him to be a big factor this year or next.. Only Zappacosta should make a difference for Roma. They will have a hard time finishing in the top 6 or 7 of serie A

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