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Federico Fazio's 2019 verdict on Paulo Fonseca gives Tottenham fans insight into what they can expect

Tottenham are reportedly closing in on a deal to hire Paulo Fonseca, in a move that sees him swap roles with Jose Mourinho. Having left AS Roma to be replaced by Mourinho, reports claim he could join next Wednesday. A verdict from Federico Fazio will surely excite Tottenham supporters, if Fonseca does join Tottenham as manager.

Fonseca, 48, spent two years at Roma – failing to capitalise on a promising fifth-placed finish in his first season. Injuries hampered Roma as they finished in seventh place this season, though they did reach the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Spurs are finding the going tricky in their managerial hunt. PSG are unwilling to let Mauricio Pochettino go. Antonio Conte was about to join, but talks have now hit a stumbling block. Now, Gianluca Di Marzio claims Fonseca will be appointed in the middle of the next week.

Speaking in 2019 after the appointment of Fonseca at Roma, ex-Tottenham defender Fazio spoke about the ex-Shakhtar Donetsk. He stated that the Portuguese manager likes to play attacking football on Roma’s website – having played against Fonseca’s Shakhtar in European competition.

“I remember they were a side that played nice football, from front to back, and created a lot of chances. It was good that we won, but it was a tough tie. Especially over there, it was freezing and they played very well. But we matched them,” Fazio said. “We’re looking forward to training hard.”

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Spurs fans will be delighted to know that if a deal is done for Fonseca, that they will be getting a manager that focuses on attack. Certainly, in his last two jobs, Fonseca has seen his sides pretty much score two goals a game. At Shakhtar, his side scored 295 goals in 139 games – winning 103 times.

At Roma, it has been more conservative, but they have still netted 195 goals in 102 games. Clearly, Fonseca prefers to outscore the opposition rather than nullify them – something which played into Mourinho’s detriment.

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