COACH D’AVERSA FOLLOWING TORINO 1-1 PARMA: “A GOOD POINT THAT GETS US GOING IN THE LEAGUE AGAIN”

Turin, 20 June 2020 – Following Torino vs. Parma, Coach D’Aversa spoke about the match in the press room and had the following to say:

“We did better in the first half despite going one down following a corner, a situation where we were caught out and weren’t determined enough. When you fall behind to such a physical side, it can create difficulties. We did well to get back into it, but we didn’t start the second half well, giving away a penalty that Gigi did well to save. We weren’t fantastic and made mistakes. Thankfully, Gigi saved the spot-kick, otherwise we wouldn’t have come away with a positive result. After that, however, we did have opportunities to take the lead, but we were a bit too hasty in our play. Nevertheless, it’s a good point: it gets us going in the league again and it’s difficult to face a team like Torino. Let’s not forget what they did last year, they’re a good side.

“Gervinho showed determination for the equalising goal. It’s true that he and Kulusevski could have done better, with the latter making the mistake of rushing things, but they are two important players. In terms of the selflessness, commitment and determination shown, I can’t criticise the two of them at all. Gervinho also started training at a later date because he had to stay in quarantine at home for two weeks. He did well over 70 minutes, it’s clear that the team could have done better and we’ll definitely work to improve.

“Before anything else, we need to think about the objective we set ourselves at the beginning of the season. We shouldn’t take what these lads are doing for granted. I spoke to the guys about our objective, which we still haven’t mathematically achieved, before the game today, asking them to achieve that goal. In Serie A, it doesn’t take a lot for you to drop down the table, as was the case last year. We first want to reach the objective of mathematical survival and then we’ll look to build on that. However, this doesn’t have a bearing on how we approach individual matches: the success we’ve had has come from playing as a team and with the right determination, with the ruthlessness of a side that wants to avoid relegation. Compared to last year, we do have added technical quality that can allow us to do more, but achieving our objective is the most important thing. When we’ve done this, we’ll begin to think about other situations. It also depends on other results.

The fact we’re playing is a good thing: it means that the health emergency has been brought under control and the conditions are there to play. Obviously, it’s not the same playing in an empty stadium, it’s a different kind of football. But we have to finish the league, with economic interests also being at play. I hope that this situation doesn’t last, football belongs to everyone. But the fact that people have been able to watch a few games from home today is a sign that things are restarting. I hope that we see a return to real football soon.”