Roma on the road to face Cagliari at the Sardegna Arena. Fonseca wants his men not to lose possession easily, a necessary precondition to developing offensive plays.
While most of today’s Serie A games have been postponed, Roma is ready to face Cagliari on the beautiful Italian island. The Giallorossi will be tired after their Europa League clash in Belgium but they have to make an extra effort to keep dreaming of the Champions League.
The physical condition of the Lupi is not perfect as Fonseca said at the press conference yesterday: “The team is tired because we didn’t have much time to recover.”
Fast rhythms and possession seem to be two key factors for defeating Cagliari today. Will they be able to follow the directions of their coach?
Nobody knows how the Giallorossi will perform on the pitch today. But Paulo Fonseca is confident that his men still have chances to qualify for the next edition of the Champions League.
“We always want to play with fast rhythms…We are a team that covers a lot of ground…It is very important not to lose possession easily,” Fonseca said to the press yesterday.
The Portuguese coach should play Bruno Peres on the right defensive side with Under ahead of him. Nikola Kalinic will replace Dzeko. Mkhitaryan should support the Croatian striker and Justin Kluivert, instead, will operate from the left-wing.
With Diawara and Pelegrini unavailable, Veretout and Cristante will play in front of a backline formed by Smalling, Fazio, and Kolarov on the left defensive flank.