Fonseca: ‘Roma don’t defend after red’

by | Oct 30, 2019 22:52

Paulo Fonseca relished Roma’s response after a controversial red card, beating Udinese 4-0. “Most teams defend when down to 10, but we do not.”

The Giallorossi were already 1-0 up with a Nicolò Zaniolo goal when Fazio was shown a straight red card for what was deemed to be a foul ending a clear Stefano Okaka opportunity.

It was outside the penalty area and there is genuine debate as to whether that was a foul at all, let alone one worthy of a dismissal.

Paulo Fonseca relished Roma’s response after a controversial red card, beating Udinese 4-0. “Most teams defend when down to 10, but we do not.”

The Giallorossi were already 1-0 up with a Nicolò Zaniolo goal when Fazio was shown a straight red card for what was deemed to be a foul ending a clear Stefano Okaka opportunity.

It was outside the penalty area and there is genuine debate as to whether that was a foul at all, let alone one worthy of a dismissal.

Nonetheless, Roma went on to score another three times at the Dacia Arena and dominated the game.

“We put in a good performance, we had many chances, even a man down. I think we deserved to win,” the coach told DAZN.

“We all fought together and continued playing our football, even playing with 10 men. I don’t want to talk about the red card, it’s all pretty clear.

“The team showed a lot of character, understanding that we needed to defend, but also to attack and be consistently dangerous at the other end. Most teams clam up and defend after going down to 10 men, but we do not.”

Roma have been on the end of several bizarre refereeing decisions lately, none more shocking than a last-minute Europa League penalty for Borussia Monchengladbach, as the ball hit Chris Smalling’s face and not his hand.

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