Coach Roberto D’Aversa was in front of the cameras ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Empoli, here’s what he had to say:
Napoli - Parma
Stadio San Paolo
Wednesday 26th September 2018
The train journey south to Napoli yesterday was one full of a Parma side bursting with confidence. Roberto D’Aversa take his side to the San Paulo coming off the back of two wins on the bounce, having conquered the Guiseppe Meazza as well as comfortably seeing off Cagliari at the Tardini last time out.
D’Aversa acknowledged to get three wins in a row will be tough but not impossible, “It won’t be easy but nothing is impossible” The Parma coach also hinted that changes will probably be made to tonight’s starting line-up, due to playing three games in a week, the back four should remain relatively unchanged with Bruno Alves once again leading from the back, it will be in midfield and attack we may see some changes, with the coach announcing that Amato Ciciretti is fit and ready to go, while Leo Stulac should be back to full match fitness after struggling on with the flu over the weekend, as for Gervinho, despite the Ivorian’s incredible displays of late, he’s still being assessed daily as he nears full match fitness.
Carlo Ancelotti hosts his former club knowing victory is so important to keep tabs on Juventus at the top of the table, The Partenopei know they can’t afford to let Juventus stretch their lead at the top any further at such an early stage before the two meet at the weekend.
Napoli comfortably saw off Torino last time out, with Lorenzo Insigne bagging a brace, Parma will have their hands full tonight trying to contain the little Neapolitan as he leads the Napoli attack along with either Dries Mertens or Arkadiusz Milik.
The last time Parma visited Napoli was back in December 2014, where the home side came out on top thanks to goals from Duvan Zapata and Dries Mertens.
Keep an eye out for Roberto Inglese the Parma forward is in scintillating form and currently on loan from Napoli, he will be determined to put on a display in front of the Napoli faithful to show what their missing.
The coach was in front of the microphones yesterday, here's what he has to say:
“We’re coming into the Napoli game after a great victory and a wonderful performance. However, a very strong team now awaits us. One must consider that only a few days have passed since Saturday’s strenuous display, however, playing at the San Paolo can spur us on despite the lack of time in between games. It’s hard to shine from a physical point of view when playing two games in quick succession, however, the most important thing is the mental aspect of our game. We’re coming up against a team that pushed Juventus for the title right until the very end last season and who are of the strongest sides in the league.
“Ancelotti is one of the best and he is taking Napoli forward with his own ideas. They performed really well against Torino and they have enormous potential within the team. This year, the Coach has given the players a bit more freedom out on the pitch. It will not be easy but nothing is impossible. It is down to us to make it difficult for them and to try and get a result.
“There will be some changes compared to Saturday. I sent a few players to warm up against Cagliari but I had to make changes due to fitness issues. With three games in a week, you have to make changes. I have alternatives in attack and defence, but we’re struggling a bit in midfield with just four players. I will make my decisions based on fitness, conscious of not looking to risk anyone and also taking into account that we have another game on Sunday. For now, I am looking to play the best team possible tomorrow, also considering that Grassi still isn’t available.
“Ancelotti has proved himself on the European stage and he has triumphed way beyond just his style of play. He is now using a 4-4-2, but considering their last formation it is more of a 4-2-4. I had the fortune of meeting him when I was at the Milan Academy. It’s an honour to now face him as a Coach. However, what counts is putting in a top performance and getting a good result in a difficult game.
“The last match was different from a motivational perspective after winning against Inter. It will certainly be simpler against Napoli, although they have some top players that can play between the lines and we must do well to remain tight and compact. Tactically, we prepare for each game based on the opposition. It will not be easy but we’ll do our best to make their lives difficult.
“Are changes a risk? I must think about playing a team that is in the best physical shape. Continuity is always the ideal thing but I must assess everything after two games in quick succession. We can’t risk any further injuries.
“We’re treating Gervinho in a special way and this is helping to get the very best out of him. He’s intelligent and knows his body very well. He came off the best against Spal and created two great changes in just 20 minutes thanks to his quality – he is a devastating player. As for the defence, they performed well against both Inter and Cagliari – with Dimarco coming in for both. We are well covered in both defence and attack. It is in midfield were we are lacking but we’ll not look for any excuses.”
“Stulac was not at full match fitness for our last game. He had the flu and he was also the first to go on international duty – therefore, he hasn’t trained consistently. He put in a superb performance against an opponent that opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation and looked to mark man-to-man. Ciciretti? He is ready from a physical point of view. We’ll wait and see as we must consider that this would be his first game after a long absence.”
Roberto D’Aversa spoke to the press this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Cagliari, here’s what the coach had to say......
The Crociati faithful will undoubtedly still be on a high as they welcome Cagliari to the Tardini on Saturday afternoon. Parma will be hoping to build on last weekends surprise victory over Inter at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza thanks to Federico Di Marco’s wonder strike securing Roberto D’Aversa’s sides first three points of the season.
Coming off the back of some impressive displays against Juventus and Inter, Parma will see this game as a chance leapfrog their opponents and put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
Despite losing five of their last seven on the road, Saturday’s visitors come into this game unbeaten in three having drawn with both Sassuolo and Milan and defeated Atalanta. Like Parma, Rolando Maran will see this as an opportunity to climb the table as they aim to reach the top half.
The last time Parma welcomed Cagliari to the Tardini was the 14th December 2014 where they played out a rather miserable 0-0 draw to forget.
Both sides have produced some solid displays this season and there won’t be much to choose from between them, Parma will once again look to Gervinho to light up the home crowd with his pace as he has already caused both Inter and Juventus major problems so far this season.
Rolando Maran has a full squad to choose from when the Sardinians come to town on Saturday.
Parma will go relatively unchanged, as D’Avrsa will play his usual 4-3-3 with, Luigi Sepe in goal, a back four of Iacopni, Alves, Gagliolo and last week’s hero Di Marco, Barilla, Stulac and Rigoni will be the three in the middle while the exciting front three of Gervinho, Inglese and Di Gaudio will lead the line for the hosts.