Fast forward to August 2018, the Ducali are ready to go again, after securing historic back – to – back promotions from Serie D straight back to Serie A, Parma will play host to Udinese in a new look Stadio Ennio Tardini on Sunday evening.
It’s been a turbulent summer in Parma with the Emanuele Calaio SMS case hanging over their heads for the majority of it, however coach Roberto D’Aversa hasn’t let that distract him and his group of players as they prepare for a season in which survival will be the goal.
Parma have had a busy transfer market with Roberto Inglese joining from Napoli to hopefully replace the goals that the suspended Calaio took responsibility for last season. As well as Inglese, Parma also secured the services of Alberto Grassi this week also on a loan deal from Napoli.
As for the visitors, new coach Julio Velazquez will get his first taste of Serie A this week end as the young Spaniard takes his place in the away dugout.
Velazquez will be hoping his team can bounce back from Coppa Italia disappointment last week as Benevento sent them crashing out. Udinese have also had a busy summer brining in Rolando Mangragora from Juventus.
Udinese visit the Tardini hoping to get off to a better start than last season as the Zebrette took till match day three to register any points on the board.
New look, Parma will be without suspended Emanuele Calaio, Jacopo Dezi, Alessandro Bastoni, Alessandro Gazzola and Amato Ciciretti all miss out through injury. Udinese will have to do without the services of Svante Ingelsson and Emmanule Badu both miss out with injuries.
The last time these two sides met at the Tardini was back in April 2015, the host came out on top that day thanks to a goal from Portuguese midfielder Sivestre Varela. Roberto D’Aversa will be delighted if that score line is repeated on Sunday to give Parma three points on their return to the big time.