Fonseca: ‘My future is not important’

Paulo Fonseca assures his ‘future is not important. Roma is the most important thing’ along with injury updates ahead of Bologna.

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The Giallorossi have one foot in the Europa League semi-final after fighting back for a 2-1 win away to Ajax, yet are continuing to slide down the Serie A table.

“They are two different competitions. Besides, as I said before the Ajax game, we’ve been in or around the Serie A top four throughout the season,” said the coach in his press conference.

“I also think it’s important to note we have been missing some important players during this period. Serie A is a longer tournament, the Europa League is shorter and you rarely lose focus.

“Preparing for tomorrow is easy, because the players must realise the next match is always the most important one. We are against an aggressive Bologna side.

“It’s unlikely we’ll have Chris Smalling back for the second leg with Ajax, we’ll see about Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jordan Veretout. Leonardo Spinazzola is out tomorrow.

“Lots of teams who have internationals and packed fixture lists have had injury problems this season. The calendar is too congested and, as Pep Guardiola says, players are not machines.”

Fonseca was asked if his future has been decided, but the response was at best vague.

“My future is not important. I am focused only on the present. Roma is the most important thing.”

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