COACH D’AVERSA AHEAD OF TOMORROW EVENING’S CLASH WITH FIORENTINA: “WE WANT TO GET BACK ON TRACK AND GET CLOSER TO OUR GOAL OF SECURING SAFETY”

Collecchio, 4 July 2020 – On the eve of Parma vs. Fiorentina, matchday 30 in Serie A TIM scheduled for 19:30 CEST tomorrow night at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, Coach Roberto D’Aversa had the following to say about the game on Parma Calcio 1913’s official website.

How’s the team doing?
“There are a few situations we need to assess, there are some players with problems and this will be key in determining who I pick to start and who’ll be on the bench.”

How did you motivate the squad this week following the loss to Hellas Verona?
“Having analysed both the matches – the one against Inter and the one against Hellas Verona – there’s a sense of regret, frustration and disappointment. I feel the boys didn’t deserve to lose in either of those games. Taking a look back at the game, it’s clear that the team played well but we’ve got to come to terms with the fact that we came away with nothing and so we’ve obviously done some things wrong. We’ve got to play well in the match tomorrow, and we’ve got to recapture the energy we brought to the last two games. But the focus is on getting the points because the performances have already been there in the last two games. It’s clear we made some mistakes and we’ve got to make sure we don’t make them again. By errors, I also mean taking our chances, and in terms of our sporting ability we’ve got to tire our opponents out and kill off games when we can: I’m not just talking about the first match against Inter, but also the last match against Hellas Verona. We conceded the third goal when we were at our best in the game, after we’d missed various chances. It will be useful to take all these things into account in our approach to the match tomorrow. We’ve got to be more determined and we’ve got to try and get back on track. We need to try and get the three points to make amends for the disappointment of the last two games.

You’ll be facing Fiorentina. What kind of game are you expecting?
“Before lockdown, Fiorentina were playing really well, both in terms of their performances on the pitch and in terms of results. At the minute they’re not doing so well with results, but that doesn’t reflect the quality of their performances. At times, their matches have been decided by brief moments of good and bad fortune. We’re going to be facing a quality side with quality players, so it certainly won’t be an easy game. They’re going to be frustrated, having lost at home in their last match, and they also really need the result. For our part we need to show the desire to get our most important goal out of the way, safety. We haven’t been happy after either of the last two games, we’ve got to try and change that this time around.”

Could the tough period Fiorentina are going through be a pitfall in itself?
“It may change things psychologically, but there are always pitfalls in any game. We’ll have to be strong mentally ourselves, even if things obviously aren’t perfect coming off the back of two defeats. But we need to think positively, we need to be enthusiastic, we need to think about the fact that we’re having an extraordinary season and we mustn’t change our state of mind or the way we approach matches just because of two negative results. On the contrary, all of this ought to give us a boost because we’re putting in the performances. One last push to make sure that those certain situations don’t happen again.

Parma have six more points compared to where they were at this stage last season. Other than helping you on your way to securing safety, would a win tomorrow have a special value?
“Yes, it would be special for two reasons. Firstly because it would definitely bring us closer to our goal arithmetically, and secondly because it would help us win back some of the points we failed to get in our last two games, despite the good performances. The fact we didn’t manage to get the results in the past means that we made mistakes. We need to take a look at the mistakes we’ve made and where we can improve. There aren’t many games left, we’re playing every three days and we know that it’s harder to stay focused but that’s the same for everyone: sometimes it’s your mentality that decides things and I hope that these two negative results allow us to approach the game in the best way possible.”