Fonseca relishing Bologna test

AS Roma
Paulo Fonseca says he only wants fully committed players and hasn't yet spoken to Edin Dzeko since he took over at the Olimpico.

Coach Paulo Fonseca feels his Roma players are in a good place and ready for a tough examination against Bologna on Sunday.

The capital outfit sat ninth heading into the weekend fixtures and remain unbeaten, with one win and a couple of draws – including a 1-1 draw with Lazio in the Derby della Capitale.

Their last Serie A outing resulted in a 4-2 home victory over Sassuolo but things got even better on Thursday when the Eternal City outfit beat Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir 4-0 on matchday one of the Europa League.

It is back to domestic action on Sunday and a trip to Renato Dall’Ara to take on Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side.

The Rossoblu have enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign and currently sit second in the Serie A table and it has the makings of a classic match-up.


Fonseca was pleased with Roma’s Europa League display and hopes to reap the rewards of his rotation policy against Bologna.

“The lads are in good shape, both physically and mentally,” he said. “In the Europa League we started players that were more rested, that will allow us to play the guys that didn’t start on Thursday.

“Bologna will be a great test for us, to see what we are capable of.”

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, on loan from Arsenal, has featured in just one league game for Roma, playing the full 90 minutes and scoring in the win over Sassuolo.

Fonseca hinted that he will play some part against Bologna but “can still get even better”.