Tottenham managerial candidate Paulo Fonseca does not have the best record against top teams, warns Forza Italian Football‘s editor-in-chief Conor Clancy.
After ending talks with Antonio Conte, Tottenham have turned to Fonseca, with BBC Sport reporting that they are currently in discussions with the 48-year-old to make him their new manager.
Ironically, Fonseca recently left AS Roma and was replaced by Jose Mourinho, who was sacked by Tottenham back in April to leave the north London club needing a new man for the dugout.
It now seems likely that that man will be Fonseca, and Clancy has warned of one major issue the Portuguese coach had at Roma in the 2020/21 season.
“His record against the top teams was abysmal,” the Italian football expert told FFC. “For most of the season, Roma hadn’t lost a game against anyone below them in the league.
“But when they played someone competing for the top four, they lost [most of the] time and that’s quite problematic. But it wasn’t a great team. It’s not like he had the same squad as Milan, Lazio, Napoli, Atalanta, Inter, Juve – very much the sixth or seventh-best squad in the league.”
Against those very teams, under Fonseca, Roma really struggled to find all three points.
Some Spurs fans may view that as a red flag, with England’s top sides like Manchester City and Chelsea, who just competed in a Champions League final, probably much stronger than the likes of Inter Milan and Juventus.
Still, Fonseca did a very good job in the Europa League, taking the Giallorossi to the semi-finals, and at Shakhtar Donetsk, where he won three league titles. So there are certainly some promising signs.