Parma, 16 January 2020 – “Clearly, we’re upset with this defeat – it was an important opportunity for those who haven’t played as much and the Coppa Italia is an important and prestigious competition. Qualifying would’ve been great but we played against a top team, and they went for it a bit more in the second half. It’s a shame, but we’ll now turn our attention to our next league game.” This was what Parma’s Kastrio Dermaku had to say after Thursday’s defeat to Roma in the last 16 of the Coppa Italia: “We had some chances, whether that be Kucka’s just before their goal or in the first half when we could’ve played with a bit more precision. These are difficult matches and can’t give away too much space because they can score at the first chance – and Pellegrini scored a great goal.

“Obviously, it isn’t easy when many players come in but it’s good because it gives playing time to those who haven’t featured as much. This ensures that they’re ready for important matches in the league. These are positive things. We were subdued tonight and should’ve done better at times, although we’re now focused on Juventus. We know Sunday will be really tough, but we’ll try to get a result as always. We’ll need a perfect performance, giving our all because we’re going up against the reigning champions.

“I’m fairly pleased with the first half of my season. I’ve played 10 matches in all competitions and I didn’t think I would’ve played this much at the start of the campaign. I’m really happy but you can’t give up because the season is long and there are obstacles behind every corner. My future? My intention is to remain here, I haven’t spoken to anyone. It’s going well, there’s confidence and it’s a great place to be. We’re seventh the league.”