AS Roma trainer Paulo Fonseca is concerned with Ajax attacking force ahead of the Europa League Quarterfinals clash.


The Europa Thursday football resumes with Ajax set to take on Roma in one of the fixtures among others. Fonseca insists Ajax is one of the strongest attacks in Europe, warns his side to be at their best.

Ajax host the Italian side on Thursday Europa League quarter-finals and Fonseca believes his side will need to produce the best.

“I feel like the guys are motivated and confident. We have to play a perfect match, Ajax is a strong team. We have to approach this competition with the full one hundred percent concentration,” Fonseca warns his side, Roma.

Fonseca feels that the tie needs no mistakes and Roma has to produce a strong defensive performance.

“It is crucial that we do not make mistakes. From an offensive point of view, Ajax is one of the strongest teams in Europe. They play for possession and also like to have the ball. We need a great defensive performance against them,” said the Roma trainer.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will be without two of their important defenders as well as a possible absence of Martin Odegaard.

Arteta said, “David is expected to be back to full fitness and available for selection in the upcoming weeks.”

However, hope remains that  Odegaard may feature against the Czech Republic side Slavia Prague.

“We will assess him today (Wednesday) on how he’s feeling,” Arteta said.

“He’s been carrying an injury for the last few days since he got injured with the national team. We have a few of them for the last game when we played Liverpool as well,” Arteta confirms.

“So, it will be today (Wednesday), probably the day when we see where everybody is at and who is available for tomorrow.”