Parma, 5 May 2019 – Marcello Gazzola opened the scoring today as Parma drew 3-3 with Sampdoria. This is what he had to say in the mixed zone after the match:

“We almost took the lead too soon. Then we let Sampdoria get up the pitch. This is something that also happened in Verona against Chievo, and it shouldn’t happen. Today, however, we reacted as a real team and showed the attributes required. This is another point we’ll gladly take. We’re close, we’re really close to achieving our objective – it’s in our grasp. We can achieve it next Monday against Bologna in the derby. We’ll prepare for it with the right intensity, just like we have for our other recent games.

I’m happy to have scored my first Serie A goal in Parma at the Stadio Tardini while wearing this shirt – it’s the team where I developed as a player. I’m really pleased to have done it in front of my family. It would have been even better if we had got the win, but we’ve still got a useful point in our quest to avoid relegation. When you’re 1-3 down, it’s usually difficult to play using your head. Today, however, we got back into the match together as a team. I would like to dedicate my first Serie A goal to my whole family, my wife and a friend of mine called Mirco, a youngster from Borgo Val di Taro who is fighting a much more important battle. I’m available to the Coach and team and accept whatever choices are made. I’ve always been available to fight for the Parma cause, and I’m now making myself useful. We’ve probably dropped off during the second half of the season, but this hasn’t been intentional. Sometimes it’s the case that you lose games instead of drawing or you draw games instead of winning.”