“This game was one I was more motivated for than perhaps I needed to be. I read things about how it would have been different in the first half of the season that I didn’t agree with. We approached the game to get a result. Our objective is different from theirs and when two teams haven’t achieved their goals, it’s normal for there to be tension which is a part of sport and competition but when it’s over you go and shake hands with everyone. I don’t believe that I went beyond that. The defensive shape? We were playing in a 3-5-2 which meant that we had to play out with Kucka on one side and Sprocati on the other. The aim was to stick to our positions as usual when, with Gazzola covering a wider area and Kuco playing deeper on the left, building the play like with when we have a 4-3-3.
“Ceravolo? He’s showing great attachment to the shirt, in Frosinone he played even though we first thought he couldn’t because of a physical issue. Today, he had a great game. He’s an important player, he contributed to promotion for us last year and he has a special sense of belonging here. When he believes in himself and plays like today, he can give us a big hand even if it’s in Serie A. I’m happy for him, he scored on Wednesday and he was lively today when there had been a lot of scepticism about him. It’s important to have a certain balance, today we had younger players like Sierralta, Dimarco and Sprocati who have featured less but they had more desire to get a result compared to the opponent who were technically superior today. Incidents like the one at the end against Frosinone can happen, we’re not going to cause controversies about the referee but think about improving ourselves. From here until the end of the season, the aim is to give as little up to the opposition while looking to score goals that get us results, not like against Spal or Frosinone.Those who are fighting to survive must make sacrifices to stop the opponent from scoring.
“We were braver in the second half but we also allowed some dangerous counterattacks. We had players who had played for three games in a row before along with others who hadn’t played for a long while. If you’re low on numbers, you can’t make changes based on physical condition and you have to know how to read when it’s the time to be aggressive or when to wait.”