Parma, 7 December 2019 – Following the final training session before the game tomorrow at 18:00 CET, Coach Roberto D’Aversa met with journalists in the press room of the Collecchio Training Centre to discuss the upcoming challenge against Sampdoria, matchday 15 of Serie A TIM 2019/20.

Here’s what the Crociati Coach had to say:

“The only player in the squad who may not be available is Scozzarella: he hasn’t trained at all with the team this week but he’s coming with us tomorrow so we’ll see. Gervinho has been training separately after taking a knock, and we’ll make a last-minute call on whether Cornelius starts or even comes off the bench. We’re going to have to grit our teeth and get through it. Bruno Alves is completely fine.

What we have to do first is consider Sampdoria’s home form: they’ve only lost at home to Inter and Lazio at home in the league so far. With the exception of their away game against Cagliari, they’ve conceded the least goals of any team since Ranieri arrived. At this time we also have to consider the fact that their three forwards are in great form. Of course the league standings paint a different picture, but they’ve achieved great things since Ranieri arrived, especially at home in front of fans who really push them on. This won’t be an easy game and we have to ignore the table.

Quagliarella won the Golden Boot in the league last year and he’s refound his form recently, we can’t think of this as a simple game when they have a front three of Quagliarella, Gabbiadini and Ramirez, also with the option of Caprari off the bench. We’ll need the right determination, especially when we have the ball, because if we want to go and get a result then we’ll need to dominate possession in the game. We’ve looked back on a lot of their past matches from this season: they’re playing with either a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-1-2 formation and they really look for the through balls and second balls.

“In order to get a result tomorrow we can’t afford to just go and sit back, the only way that Inter and Lazio won in Genoa was by imposing their own style of play on the game, even if Inter went down to ten men and risked a draw in the closing stages. We’ll have to be good if we want to bring home the points, especially when we’re on the ball.”