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Roma coach Fonseca refuses to accept subs blunder after Spezia Coppa shock

Roma coach Paulo Fonseca refused to accept an error in his substitutions after their Coppa Italia defeat to Roma.

The Giallorossi crashed out of the Coppa Italia Round of 16, 2-2 after 90 minutes, 4-2 at the end of extra time.

But they would've lost by default anyway, as Fonseca made six substitutions rather than the five that were allowed.

“If there is a problem, we have time to discuss that internally. There is a problem," the coach told RAI Sport. “We had a difficult start to the game with the penalty, which was a difficult situation to understand. After that, we created many chances, missed many goals, and then with two players down, it was difficult.

“This is a tough moment, we wanted to go further in the Coppa Italia, but I cannot complain about the attitude of these lads. We have to prepare the next match."

He added: "Over 90 minutes, with 11 men against 11, Spezia didn't create much at all. It's important to have a player with Bryan's quality to start moves from the back and he did very well this evening.

"We lost to Atalanta, Napoli and Lazio because after conceding a goal, we didn't have the mental strength to turn it around. However, tonight I saw the right reaction to going 2-0 down, we got it back to 2-2 and had chances to win it before extra time.

"I think what we created over the 90 minutes should've been sufficient to win the game."

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