Roberto D’Aversa was in front of the cameras yesterday ahead of today visit if Genoa. Here’s what the coach had to say;
"There’s certainly some regret,” he admitted. “It was an edgy game where we did a lot and took the lead three times. Unfortunately, we made some mistakes and paid dearly for them. When we go ahead, we defend very well but today we gave up chances that we need to stop as soon as possible. We also had chances to kill it off, we need to be more composed in our area because there were situations that we could have avoided.”
“The goal? I received a great ball from Bruno Alves and I’m very happy with it,it was important to get a positive result here and Empoli have got important points at home recently like in the game against Sassuolo. It was important that we ended the negative run of results but let’s not forget that we played against Juventus, Inter and Napoli recently so it’s normal to lose some of them. The attitude and determination from this team have been on show all season, we need to keep going because there are more games left and we need more good results to stay up as soon as possible and that’s our goal.
“We played our game today, like against Cagliari even if we conceded at the end. We’ve always shown that we can play well even if the results haven’t come.Today, we were very focused and we showed that we’re alive. We need to continue like this until the end of the season. We made individual mistakes, the first goal came from a dead ball, the second was a penalty and the third from a rebound that unfortunately went in. We need to turn these negatives around but continue with this attitude because we defended well and we have to focus more on set pieces because they make a difference in Serie A.
“We’ll analyse this game with the Coach and start preparing for the Genoa game on Monday and that’ll be a tough one. The Coach will analyse the mistakes we made and we’ll look to improve in the week. You have to give this team credit, we’re having a good season and we need to continue even if we’ve been through a negative spell lately. We certainly can’t relax after that period but we faced technically good sides. In the first half of the season, we did well while we’ve faced big sides lately who have deserved to win. We need to continue game by game, to be in Serie A we must give our all to get as many points as possible.”
Heres what Roberto D’Aversa had to say after this afternoons dramatic six goal thriller with Empoli;
“We’re bitter about the result, I can’t reproach my lads regarding their attitude in interpreting the match, especially as it was important to get going again after the defeats we have suffered. If we’re here complaining it’s because the lads have just played an important match at a difficult place to play, with the points at stake also being important. I know how hard the lads work during the week and I know how much they wanted to win this game. It was a difficult match, and the regret comes from the goals we conceded and the fact we didn’t make the most of Inglese’s chance to make it 4-2 or the opportunity that Kucka had when it was 3-3. I asked the lads to start picking up results again, and I don’t feel like I can reproach them for anything. I wanted to see a good attitude from the team, and the boys gave the maximum possible. Therefore, I’m satisfied.
“When you’ve got the opportunity to kill off a match, you’ve got to do it.For their third goal, three men threw themselves in front of the ball. This attitude pleased me because it was clear they were trying to do everything to not concede again. Even when the score was 3-3 we tried to win it. We’re disappointed at not having got the three points after going ahead three times. Our objective is survival, and this often means that you look at the negative aspects more, something which can lead to you to not dealing with things in a calm manner. We probably would have won this game some time ago, either because we were a bit more polished or because of a sense of calm that makes you do things with more certainty. We’ve now got 30 points and need to be happy with what we are doing, we have suffered a drop in form and it is possible that we will lose against some teams. Let’s not forget that we are a newly promoted side and that a year ago we lost 4-0 here.
“Inglese isn’t 100% fit but continues to fight out on the pitch despite this, Barillà was rested against Napoli after playing all of our games during the first half of the season. Sepe? Since he’s been here, I think Gigi has got it wrong in one game, he’s the first one that knows when he could have done better. In the first half of the season, he was one of the best goalkeepers in the league. I also know how great he is as a person, too. We have to keep on improving. It’s possible to have a dip, but you can’t do anything but praise the boys when you look at what they’ve done so far.We’ll continue to work to achieve our objective.”
Here's what the coach had to say ahead of Saturdays clash with Empoli;
“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. Being a Coach is a great job. You feel the responsibility of the club and everything that surrounds it. I took responsibility even when I was a player. Following that 4-0, there was satisfaction at reaching Serie A at the end of the season. In Italian football, coaches are given responsibility too easily. It’s a cultural problem. 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.
“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.
“During the first half of the season and up until the game against Udinese, each individual did everything they could to avoid conceding. Something has changed since and we now need to improve to get out of this situation. Empoli have changed their style of play under their new coach. We must focus on the smallest details to get a result.
“So far, the difference has been made by the way in which the lads have played each game. If you play as a team then the individuals can thrive. Empoli 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.
“How is the team doing? Stulac tried to train this morning but he had a problem with this calf. Neither he, Scozzarella or Ceravolo will be available. We’ve started to bring Bastoni back, while Sierralta has joined the team. Having these players available during the week helps to increase motivation and competition within the team.
“Schiappacasse? He has important qualities, and he’s technically good with both feet. Brazão is a young lad with potential and some important qualities. He needs to settle in, but our coach always gets the best out of the goalkeepers. Our goal must be to get all three points and give our all. Empoli are a pragmatic side, that play with less possession than before. We must pay them close attention and concede as few mistakes as possible. We know how important it is to get a result.
“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.”