Fonseca expects ‘a hard time in Udine’

Coach Paulo Fonseca believes Roma must ‘choose the best moments to attack’ Udinese tomorrow, as he calls for ‘patience’ against a compact Friuli.

The Giallorossi are still looking for their first win in 2020-21, after having started with a 3-0 defeat by default against Hellas Verona, before picking up a point against Juventus in Rome.

Fonseca stressed he ‘believes in his players’, having only made five changes in total during the two first games despite having five subs available for each match.

“I can’t always say which team I will play. I don’t think I’ll change much, but let’s see tomorrow,” Fonseca said at a press conference.

“I have faith in all the players who are here. I talked about this after the Juventus match, I have nothing else to add.

“Against the big teams we have almost always done well, but it’s not easy to create big chances like we do against the big teams.”

But against Udinese, Fonseca expects a physical battle for the three points, as Roma seek their first win in Serie A this season.

“It’s a totally different game, the opponents will defend deep. It will be important to find space, but I must say it will be a game of patience.

“We must choose the best moments to attack. All the big teams have a hard time in Udine. They defend low and counterattack quickly.”

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