D’AVERSA AHEAD OF PARMA vs. JUVENTUS: “THE TEAM IS MOTIVATED, WE’LL GIVE 200%”

Collecchio, 31 August 2018 – After the final training session, Roberto D’Aversa spoke to the press before Parma vs. Juventus tomorrow at 20:30 CEST on matchday three of the 2018/19 season.

 “The team is motivated for this match, such a game is an opportunity for all. Considering the journey we have been on, we need to see it as a big event and go out looking to get a result no matter how strong the opponent. I believe that Allegri is one of the best in the world in his role, I’ve had the fortune of getting to know him in the past and he was very open in letting me watch some training sessions in Vinovo. This shows that he’s a great person as well as a great coach. It hasn’t been easy for him in these years to follow the work done by the coach before him. He’s shown he can do well in Europe, he’s a coach that exudes calm. Even if they lost the Napoli game last season, they won the Scudetto thanks to the sense of calm that he spread among his players and to the environment around the team.” 

“At this time, Cristiano Ronaldo is being talked about a lot. He’s certainly one of the best in the world but when you analyse their team, you see they have great players everywhere both in the starting line-up and on the bench, players like Pjanic, Emre Can, Khedira, Bernardeschi and Mandzukic. In terms of how they control the ball and their coach’s philosophy, Juventus are stronger and we’ll have to do well to stay tight and compact all over the pitch. Long spells of possession can open space between the lines and that’s where they work well. Dybala, Douglas Costa and Bernardeschi are all players who can hurt us if we give them space so we’ll have to give 200 per cent and run more than normal.”

“It will clearly be a tough game but nothing is impossible in life. We’ll have to play the perfect game and hope it’s a bad day for them. Against Chievo, they thought for a moment that they were in control and then they went behind but if you try to play too fast, they can hurt you. We have to do well and limit their space. Juve switch between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1. In the latter formation, they can have three up front in between the lines, the wingers come inside to create space for the full-backs.” 

“In terms of physical condition, Grassi needs evaluating. He finished with a cramp and a knock in the last game. Sprocati is in the squad but he trained alone today. Someone is in better shape after a week of work but it will take time for the team to become compact and you need time to gel when you change a lot of players.  Tactical changes? The system isn’t the issue at the moment, I don’t think you need to talk about it after a defeat. The way you interpret it is more important. The energy from the crowd is important, we have a strong team against us but we need to be proud and show that we’re not inferior and the stadium can give us a big hand. We know that it will be difficult, we need to do well and stay patient and not give them any more advantages.”

Pride is very important when you face the biggest sides. When I was a player, we often stayed up thanks to important wins that would have been seen as unthinkable. We know that they have more to lose at the moment. I’m now interested in the side’s mental state.  We regret the past results but this is football. You cDan’t make any mistakes in Serie A. At times, small individual episodes make the difference. More balance is certainly needed because sometimes the results influence the judgements that are made.”