Collecchio, 11 July 2020 – On the eve of Parma vs. Bologna, our Serie A Tim tie scheduled for tomorrow at 19.30 at the Stadio “Ennio Tardini”, Coach Roberto D’Aversa made the following statements about the match to the official Parma Calcio 1913 website
Tomorrow we’ll be facing Bologna, but today there has been some important news following the latest round of Coronavirus testing. How are the squad dealing with the situation?
“We’ve had a positive case, but luckily the individual concerned is asymptomatic. The important thing is that he’s well. Now we’ll follow protocol, take some swabs, stay in training camp and then we’ll see.”
Can you give us an assessment of the team 24 hours before the match against Bologna?
“We need to wait until just before the match gets going to make calls about the players’ recovery and the various problems faced by individual players. Tomorrow, we’ll be without because he’s dealing with a muscle problem, but on the other hand, Roberto Inglese is back after a long time out of the picture. It’s clear that he’s not in a position to play a full 90 minutes, but having him back with us is very important.”
In attack we’ll be missing Cornelius, then, and Inglese is back in the picture, but there are of course a fair few other forwards at our disposal, for example Karamoh, Caprari and Sprocati. How might we line up in attack?
“We’ll have to see – I’ll make those calls enough. Caprari stayed in Rome for two days after the match on Wednesday for family reasons but he’s come back today. Yann [Karamoh] missed training yesterday with a slight injury concern. We’ll decide who to play tomorrow, as we’ve got to put out the players who are in the best physical shape.”
After four consecutive defeats, how do you prepare for a match of this kind, particularly from a psychological point of view?
“When I look back at these four defeats, I cannot help but feel some regret about our performance the first half against Fiorentina and some of the mistakes we made at Roma where we were ahead, and I think that at other times we would have brought home the result while now we’re struggling a bit, and we’re struggling to keep the strong points going that have distinguished us in this league and led us to score 39 points. We don’t need to think about all those situations that have happened in these four games, rather, we need to focus on the fact that both in the defensive and attacking thirds we’re being less productive than usual. We shouldn’t be constantly thinking about our teammates, rather, we have to be proactive and try to solve them by always thinking as a team and not being selfish. We have to try to do something more. If you’ve lost four games, it means something’s missing. We have to think exclusively about the individual’s performance, and we’ve got to improve it, so that our results improve.”
What should we expect from Bologna?
“Certainly, Bologna will be frustrated, we’ve also heard statements from Mihajlovic following the loss against Sassuolo. They’re coming into the game following a heavy defeat, at home, in a local derby, despite performing very well in the previous game, when they came back against Inter. They’re a mixture of young and experienced players, and they’re really organised. This game is also a derby and it has to be dealt with as such.”
Have you got anything special in the works for tomorrow’s match?
“Not particularly. We always analyse the strong points of the opposing team and try to set ourselves up in attack and defence according to their strong points and flaws. Tactically it can help at the moment but what counts is how we read the game, the desire to bring home the result, the hunger and desire that helped us gain 39 points, but that doesn’t mean we’ve already reached our goal. We must make sure that we return to the field with that same determination, with that nastiness and with that concentration because what we are missing out on is taking care: it can’t hurt a team looking to secure their place in the top flight to show these qualities.”