Unbearable. The Portuguese still has to think about the championship, that 3rd place he just regained after a year and a half and therefore to defend in the journey to Emilia.
The 2nd seasonal knockout in 15 games (the 1st outside) highlighted defects in attack before in defense. Because the dominating Rome, without leaving any chance to Borussia, in the second half is the same that humbled, in the 2nd half and in numerical inferiority, Udinese at the Dacia Arena with 3 goals and opportunities in bursts. See for example with the same formation eight days before. And identical exhibition in form. Not in substance, though. The difference was in the finalization. Effective in Friuli, inaccurate in Germany. In the end the sleep of the central Smalling and Fazio on the winning header of Thuram, the distraction of Veretout on Plea and the wrong position of Kolarov. "The result is unfair, but this is football," the Portuguese reiterates, annoyed at having taken only 1 point in the 2 games against the Bundesliga leaders.
Fonseca counts the men in the Parma retreat. There is Spinazzola, ready to take back the place. Promoted, however, Santon. Florenzi, instead, remained outside for the 5th consecutive match. The coach will assess the physical condition of the 23 summoned (in Emilia also Cetin, but he is disqualified). The rose is already more complete than in the recent past: Diawara he entered well against Borussia and must therefore be taken into consideration for tomorrow's match at Tardini. The same cannot be said for Perotti and Under.
Fonseca in Parma will have to decide whether to withdraw Mancini next to Smalling, excluding Fazio in defense and giving space to Diawara in midfield. In addition he will have to choose the right back. In theory, if Spinazzola does not play, it could become topical again Florenzi. But it remains the alternative to Kluivert in attack. This morning in Reggio Emilia the verification is for Spinazzola and the others. But, waiting for the stop for the national teams, change is not the coach's priority.