Collecchio, 24 July 2020 – Ahead of Brescia vs. Parma, 17:15 at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti, coach Roberto D’Aversa had this to say…

Job done after a good win on Wednesday against Napoli, which you and the team really deserved. Are preparations different for this weekend?
Prep is a bit different from a mental standpoint, because we’re coming into it off the back of a win, which has a positive impact on mentality. Though this shouldn’t affect how we approach tomorrow’s game, because while we did get the result, we also need to to try and recover some dropped points over the course of the last three games, starting tomorrow. It’s true that mathematically we’ve reached our goal, even though I never thought that was a part of the discussion. It’s true that the boys deserve praise, because, apart from some poor results lately, they’ve done extraordinarily well this season. I’d like to see them judged by the whole journey.

What kind of team are Brescia? How do you take them on?
Brescia are a team that has always tried to do things their own way. Now they’re going down, but these games can cover the cracks, because they’re relaxed going into them. Surely we musn’t think that it’ll be an easy task, we cannot allow that. We need to rediscover our ability to get important results.

Parma’s objective is to continue down this road and pick up as many points as possible.
We’re working, from the first day to the last, to do as well as we can in each and every game. We don’t let ourselves get influenced by results, not when we win 4-1 like we did against Genoa, and not when we lose. We’re not changing our judgement of performances based solely on results. Right now, our main objective has to be to play well against Brescia, then we’ll think about our last two games. It’s clear that we always have the ambition to finish as high as we can, even when we’ve lost the odd game. Sometimes, we’ve lost due to our own mistakes, which we’ve always recognised.

The team were overjoyed against Napoli, was that needed in the moment? Is that what you’d like to see in these last three games?
Yes. I told the boys that I feel really fortunate. I don’t know of too many times that a coach has the fortune to have such a great group at his disposal. It’s a group with both great moral and technical quality. I don’t think that many other teams would’ve been able to do so well, considering all of the injuries and absences. Or also not be influenced by what happened at the height of the league, in games against Inter, Hellas Verona, Roma and Fiorentina, where we all know what happened. Without making excuses and continuing to work. We’ve been great at going out onto the pitch without letting ourselves be influenced by other things and only working to take home the result, especially in the tough run of results. As in previous years, nothing gets this group down. We’ve reached our aim in amongst tonnes of difficulty, not just the fact that we were the only team to be quarantined. I think it’s something to be reassessed, because we can’t start next season with the same protocols, and I’m talking from personal experience seeing as though we’ve lived through it. This group deserves praise.