Following today’s final training session, the Crociati's coach Roberto D’Aversa met the press at Collecchio to discuss Empoli vs Parma this Saturday.
“Last year’s game against Empoli was a delicate moment in terms of our league season, although that game helped us achieve promotion because it made us regroup. Following that 4-0, there was satisfaction at reaching Serie A at the end of the season. If you compare our position now to that of last season, then we’ve got an advantage on the team who’s third-bottom. We must think rationally. In Serie A, everyone goes through a tough spell sooner or later, and it’s now down to us to make sure we stay up."
About the new formation: “We tried our new formation as a solution during the last game against Napoli. However, regardless of the system of play, the most important thing is the team’s attitude. We must analyse what we can improve on, looking to make fewer mistakes. If there are more than one then it’s not a matter of individuals and I’m responsible for this. The only medicine for staying up is hard work."
About Empoli: “They were one step ahead of us in recent years because they were used to this league. They deserved to win the league last year and they’ve since maintained the same style of play. Mentally, we must be prepared to face a different Empoli side. We’re more likely to get a result if we’re modest and solid."
About the team: “The lads have trained really well, with intensity. We just need to work on our attitude, as you must also focus on the mental aspect of the players. We know that we’re in a delicate point of the season and we must get back to playing as a team – sticking together when we commit errors.”
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