Fonseca: ‘Attacking teams good for football’

Paulo Fonseca is glad that more Serie A coaches are taking an attacking approach after Roma’s 5-2 win over Benevento. ‘It’s good for football.’

The Giallorossi had gone behind early doors to a Gianluca Caprari goal, and were pegged back on 2-2, but ran riot in the final stages.

“We put in a good performance, we’re feeling confident and it’s true that it is a long season, but the team is working well. We’ve got quite a few games coming up in a short period of time, but we’re confident,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

Fonseca was always in favour of more attacking football and there were 41 goals in nine games this weekend.

“There weren’t many dangerous situations in front of our goal and we generally felt in control. We conceded in a situation where we weren’t balanced, but I said last year that Serie A is a very attacking league and it’s absolutely not true that it’s defensive.

“I like my team to be positive, to create lots of scoring opportunities and be proactive. A lot of coaches feel that way now and it’s good for football.”

Roma adjusted their tactics this evening, shelving the 3-4-2-1 for a more traditional 4-3-3.

“I think the team has proved it can play with two different systems. It depends on the game and the characteristics of the opposition. We can play with three at the back, with 4-3-3 the way we did today, it’s good to have those alternatives.”

They now have seven points, the same as Inter and one behind both Juventus and Roma.

“I want to always be realistic and we all know that there are two clubs that invested far more than the rest, which puts them out in front as the Scudetto favourites. After that, there’s a group that want to get into the Champions League and Roma are in that group.

“What we want is to do better than last season.”


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