He made a vital last minute save to ensure 10 man Parma earned a point against Frosinone this afternoon, here’s what the Parma number one had to say:
It was a good save but I’m happy above all with the team’s performance,” he began. “We could have won the game but you can see that it’s also one we could have lost with the situation we were in during the second half. We did well to manage things, push when it was the time to push and defend when it was time to defend. If we look at the table, we’re doing better than them. We have an eight-point advantage over Frosinone and Empoli. We played our usual game, the first half was equal and we started the second half before dropping deeper after the red card and looking to play on the break.”
“No goals in the last three? The issue is with the three conceded against Atalanta and the two against Lazio. As long as you’re not scoring, if you’re not conceding either it’s ok. From tomorrow, we’ll think about Torino and that will be a very difficult game. We didn’t have to hang on and it’s normal that you do that when you play with ten men. At the end, I was only worried about the corner because if you make a great save and then concede, nobody will remember it. We had to see the game out and did so, I’m happy for this.”
It was another vital late save from Sepe after his previous one from La Gumina late on in Parma vs. Empoli. “I’m happy to do it,” he added. “I’m very happy for myself and for the team, against Empoli my save was worth three points and one point today. It’s good for Parma.”
Roberto D'Aversa was in front of the microphones earlier this afternoon, here's what the coach had to say:
“Frosinone? I believe that they’ll stick with the system that has brought them results recently tomorrow, that’s with Campbell and Ciano playing behind Ciofani,” he said. “They’ve found something that works and a way of scoring, they’re coming into the game after two positive results so they’ll be motivated and enthusiastic but we know that it’s a vital game for us. Even if the season doesn’t finish tomorrow, we can take a step forward for survival. We must do everything to bring home the result while remaining composed and not wasting energy.
“If we analyse games such as the Lazio one, we paid for some naivety and also probably for a loss of focus and this can always happen when you don’t feel a sense of danger because your position in the table is very good. We need to do well and not lose our positive characteristics regardless of where we are in the table because we risk throwing away the chance to earn more points. With regard to injuries, we’re used to working with what we’ve got in order to get important important points, if you look from the start of the season to now, we’ve never had the chance to use our full squad. But, if we’re at this position in the table, it’s because we’ve always gone out onto the pitch with a ruthless spirit and sense of concentration despite all the difficulties. For the game tomorrow, we want to bring home the result with the maximum composure and balance. Against Lazio, we didn’t have a great game but there were situations that could have changed the game. Against Atalanta, we created two clear chances to score. We need to play in a way so that individual episodes fall in our favour.
“At this time, thinking about injuries isn’t productive for tomorrow. Injuries are a different thing, if you take a blow to the hamstring and are out for two months, you can’t ask many questions about it, the focus is on analysing it and limiting it. With muscle injuries, we’ve had two with Gazzola and Gervinho, the others have been impact injuries. We’ve got Grassi back and he’ll probably be on the bench, the same goes for Inglese. Tomorrow, we need the support of all because it’s an important crossroads for the rest of the season.
“The contributions from those who’ve come on? It’s always a bit odd to speak about substitutes because when a Coach makes a change, it’s because they want the player coming on to make a difference in a difficult situation. It’s certainly not easy to come on but we all need to do more. We had the chance to go ahead against Lazio and Atalanta regardless of who came on. When there was a need to contain things after going ahead, we’ve done that. Making the most of the characteristics of players who’ve come on such as Gazzola orBastoni. When you need to overturn a result, it’s not been easy but that’s not just because of what we’ve done but also due to the quality of teams such as Lazio and Atalanta.
“Gagliolo? Against Lazio, he was the best player on the pitch, Mistakes can happen, but I prefer that players with character look to do positive things rather than limit themselves and just try not to make mistakes. He’s an intelligent guy and it won’t affect him. We are showing positive things, we have 13 points and we’re in a good position in the table. So far the guys have been doing something extraordinary, everyone is needed when you pursue an objective and there’s also a need for positive thinking.
“How much can Inglese and Grassi play? Alberto played for 30 minutes in the week with the Primavera side, Roberto about 15 minutes. Grassi has been able to train more consistency. In any case, they won’t start tomorrow. Di Gaudio is a player who influence a game, he can also be decisive off the bench. Siligardi did well in Bergamo, Gervinho hadn’t played for a while but he can throw a game open with one piece of play. We’ll see, there are decisions that I will make late on, I also have some doubts in defence.”
They say football’s more than a game, I’ve had many experiences of that being a Parma supporter, however as I made a journey I’ve made many times from Scotland to Parma little did I know over the next few days I was about to experience it once again.
Having been in contact with Parma Fans Worldwide (Giorgio), I expected little more than assistance with my tickets, (Parma-Lazio) which would have been plenty.
What I received was above and beyond anything I could imagined, having travelled to Parma for many years now, never have I felt so welcomed as a foreign supporter.
Parma Fans Worldwide founder Giorgio, was always happy to help whether it be through Whatsapp or a phone call, nothing was a problem, a true gentleman, always willing to go out his way to help others.
As I write this I just want to say thank you, thank you to Giorgio, for arranging everything he did, from the stadium tour to our trip to the Collecchio training facility, to our own private museum tour.
Parma Fans Worldwide doesn’t have to do this but they do as they care for fans that have travelled thousands of miles to watch Parma.
It was a pleasure meeting with you and I look forward to seeing PFWW again in February.
It was also a pleasure to meet fellow fans from Poland and Greece and share this experience with them, hopefully we will meet again soon.
Grazie Parma Fans Worldwide.
Parma - Frosinone
Stadio Ennio Tardini
Parma returns to action this weekend back within the comfort of their own home. Last time out The Ducali were comfortably beaten by Atalanta 3-0, this means since the international break, Parma have now lost two, conceded five and scored zero, albeit against Lazio and Atalanta.
Frosinone come to town on Sunday afternoon as Roberto D’Aversa looks to stop the rot and get Parma back to winning ways. Despite his disappointing display last weekend, Gervinho completed his first full 90 minutes in a Parma jersey and will be expected to start on Sunday. Parma’s main strike threat, Roberto Inglese is yet again a doubt, with the forward training on his own during the week. While Jacopo Dezi, Massimo Gobbi, Alberto Grassi and Gianni Munari all trained with the first team. Parma will have to do without the suspended Antonio Barilla.
Frosinone travel north to Parma having picked up their first win of the season last time out, a surprise 3-0 victory over SPAL kept the Canarini in 19th place but took them to within 4 points of safety and 17th place Bologna. Vice Captain Cristian Molinaro was back training with the first team on Wednesday, Mirko Gori is a doubt for the visitors though having picked up a light ankle injury however, Moreno Longo is expected to go relatively unchanged for Sunday’s clash.
The last time Frosinone visited the Tardini was only seven months ago in Serie B, Parma would win 2-0 thanks to two goals from Antonio Di Gaudio as D’Aversa’s side recorded their sixth win in seven as they pushed for promotion to Serie A.
Expect Sunday to be an open game with chances at both ends, Parma will be looking to Gervinho to find his best form again and inspire Parma as they look to pull clear from the bottom end of the table.