Parma, 17 December 2019 – While attending the event with the Club’s sponsors in the splendid setting of the Corte di Giarola, Riccardo Gagliolo took stock of where Parma are ahead of the Crociati’s match against Brescia on Sunday: “I think that all of us put in great performances on Saturday, including those who came on,” the number 28 said. “We had two days off and today we resumed our work with Sunday’s game against Brescia in mind. We’re focused because we want to finish the year well. It’s a clash against a direct rival as we look to avoid relegation. Points in games like this are worth double because, like us, they’re aiming to survive. It’s important to produce a good performance. Everyone now has one more year of Serie A football under their belts and the players who have come in have experience, and this has brought some benefits. The league? We need to fly low and take it game by game with the aim of achieving survival as soon as possible. We need to focus on every single game to reach 40 points quickly. We know how difficult it is, we had a poor period last year and this could be around the corner.

How has 2019 been for Gagliolo? “It’s certainly been a great year, we achieved survival and this was the most important thing. Furthermore, we’ve started this season well. Making my debut for my National Team was a great feeling and we hope that 2020 will be even better.

“There was great enthusiasm after the game on Saturday, we wanted to perform and pick up a great win. We knew it’d be possible, they were struggling slightly and we managed to get a fantastic result. It really was a fantastic feeling. We were a bit regretful at the break because we could have scored more goals in the first half, we knew that the second half would be difficult and wanted to give little away. And then we went on to win on the counterattack at the end.”

 Difficulties are bringing this group even closer together: “I think that everyone is making a contribution, the squad has a bit more quality compared to last year. Those who come in for the players who are unavailable are doing well, and this is thanks to there being a lot of competition for places. Our approach on Sunday will be important: we need to try to play our game, pick up three points and make it a great Christmas.”