Roma-Genoa 1-0, Fonseca: We Faced a Good Team. Cristante a Smart Player

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Thanks to Mancini’s header in the first half, the Giallorossi collected three more points momentarily getting back to a Champions League spot. Roma defeated Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico.

Paulo Fonseca firmly believes that his team needs the right balance in all moments of the match and currently Amadou Diawara gives his side the necessary quality and stability. Another great spell for the Guinean midfielder, a playmaker who has the ability to change the tempo of the match.

Remarkable performance by Cristante, Smalling, and Mancini. The British defender is a solid presence. He is tactically wise and today he was always ready to battle with the former Roma striker Destro.

CHRIS SMALLING | Stats

  • Clearances: 4
  • Interceptions: 5
  • Tackles: 1
  • Aerial duels (won): 3 (3)
  • Touches: 72 (95% accuracy)

(Stats by SofaScore)

Gianluca Mancini can be considered the best expression of a player with temperament, tactical and physical quality, and dedication. His peremptory header in the 24th minute broke the deadlock but his defensive contribution throughout the 90 minutes was even more remarkable. He is one of the leaders of the group!

The most important thing was to win. We didn’t have a good performance but the important thing is to have brought home the 3 points.

Gianluca Mancini said to DAZN

Bryan Cristante is giving Fonseca the possibility to have a talented player capable of starting the plays from the backline. When the opponents try to put pressure on Diawara or Villar, Cristante behind them can be a qualitative option to trigger the offensive strategies of the Portuguese coach.

Bryan [Cristante] is a smart player. My choice was to have more quality from the back. He and Mancini had more space and we won thanks to his quality in construction.

Paulo Fonseca said to ROMA TV right after Roma v Genoa: 1-0

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