Nevio Scala; "That season objective? At the start it was not so easy to tell, we started from scratch, we were returning from a failure, On August 1st we had two players, Alessandro Lucarelli and Lorenzo Adorni. The rest was nothing. I was instructed to choose the technical staff, I called Gigi Apolloni, Lorenzo Minotti, Fausto Pizzi and we left with the desire to repeat what has been in years past, with great humility and enthusiasm. To return to the pros was the first goal that we set "
Gigi Apolloni: "It was crucial to find certain people, Scala has chosen above all men, people he knew, and we reported his teachings with the addition of our experience but with the values that Scala had taught us. It was not all easy, the many difficulties we have faced and overcome through unity and purpose. I did stand up for a city like Parma, who had suffered a very strong delusion, we wanted to bring pride back to Parma. We tried to convey these certain values to the players. "
Nevio Scala: "The public? It was something indescribable and unexpected. The failure had zeroed morale, the fact that some entrepreneurs have had the courage to make available their time to rebuild has given people an important stimulus. No one expected such a brief revival. Names that have supported this project are important, then they had the fortune or misfortune to choose us at the head of this company. In the '90s we had built something memorable and people saw in this Parma something that could take our own path. The world of football is increasingly polluted, the message we wanted to send is totally opposed to this. People need to clean things, real things, and to live in peace this sport which is extraordinary. Gigi is in great form at the psychological level, he has built an extraordinary dressing room. It's a surprise, I did not think he had become a great coach, but instead I discover each day that has the incredible quality. a We were all under review, it has been a very difficult year, expectations were so high and to finish unbeaten, you better believe it is a unique achievement in Europe.
Scala was then challenged by a fan of Clodiense who asked, "What's the point in Parma entering Serie D, no one can compete with their huge budget?"
Nevio Scala: "I'm sorry you feel that way, because it is not the truth. We started with a limited budget and is equivalent to many teams in our group. Indeed, teams in our group have spent more than us. We have worked with seriousness, with humility and transparency. Parma must be an example, and it was. The transparency was total, we have not spent more than the others, we had the ability to choose the right people, we have built with Apolloni an extraordinary dressing room, and this is worth more than any amount of money. "
Gigi Apolloni: "Of the requests to the President for next year? A person like Nevio Scala next to a young coach is the best thing possible, I have had a big help, he gave me all the space that a coach should have, I was never embarrassed, I often compared it with him and a coach like me you may feel lucky to have a report like this.
Nevio Scala: "The pressure of having to come back soon in Serie A? It is not a pressure, 10,500 people in Serie D have bought season tickets. We have an obligation to do everything possible to satisfy their desires. we should not be afraid but be happy with everything these fans have given us."
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