Paulo Fonseca Backed for Success at Milan – “A Great Coach, An Honest Person”

Aston Villa winger Nicolo Zaniolo sees Paulo Fonseca’s impending arrival at Milan as a step forward for the Lombard club following Stefano Pioli’s sacking. In his interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italy international spoke highly of the Portuguese tactician, who coached him at Roma back in the day.

For me, he’s a great coach, an honest person who says things to the players’ faces, who you trust is not taken for granted. If he goes to Milan, I’ll be delighted,” Zaniolo said. “Let’s not forget that Roma reached the semi-finals of the Europa League by eliminating Braga, Shakhtar, and Ajax. 

He can obviously do better at Milan because the team is better.

Despite being linked with several big names, including Antonio Conte and Roberto De Zerbi, Milan have picked Fonseca as an ideal man to continue Pioli’s legacy. The 51-year-old is no stranger to Serie A, having coached Roma for two years between 2019-2021. 

Often described as an offensive-minded manager, Fonseca played attractive football with Roma and instilled that same mentality at Lille. However, a lack of trophies to show for it is what makes Milan fans worried and questioning the board’s decision to hire the Portuguese.

As kindly mentioned by Zaniolo, Milan boast a better team than Roma during Fonseca’s tenure. Maybe San Siro could be the environment to help the highly-rated manager lift his first piece of silverware in Europe’s traditional top-five leagues, having won trophies with Shakhtar and Braga.

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