Reggio Emilia, 14 April 2019 – Following Sassuolo vs. Parma, Coach Roberto D’Aversa had this to say to the press at the Mapei Stadium:

This is an important point in terms of the league table and our morale. Sassuolo had more of the play, but we missed a penalty. Considering the two changes that we were forced to make, the lads interpreted the game in the best possible way. They had to dig in and gave absolutely everything.

“During the week, we trained with the aim of gaining consistency following on from the match against Torino, including in terms of our formation – that is 3-5-2. However, Sierralta got injured and it was my preference to adapt Kucka to the system we normally play. Furthermore, the injuries in defence made it difficult to gain that consistency. In the first 20 minutes, Sassuolo were the better team, then we had the chance to score through the penalty. In the second half, both teams had chances: the result is the right one. They had more of the play, but we couldn’t have done more given the situation we find ourselves in.

“How many teams line up with ten Italians on the pitch? I don’t know what the statistics are as regards those coming up to Serie A from Serie B, this shows that sometimes things can be taken for granted. But we need to highlight what these lads are doing. It’s not easy – we are a newly-promoted team. We need to reach our objective in spite of all the pitfalls that you can fall into in Serie A.

“All in all, everyone did well. We asked them to be compact, remain organised and take advantage of the opportunities the opposition might present us with. We obviously missed the penalty, but Ceravolo did really well after that – this wouldn’t have been easy to overcome mentally. Both teams created a few chances, and Sepe did well to keep them out. The whole team deserves to be praised, we’re sticking together despite the difficulties we’re going through. We haven’t conceded a goal for two games and are continuing to work towards our objective. Those who miss penalties have the character to step up and take them, while those who don’t miss them are not the ones who take them. Consigli is one of the best when it comes to saving spot-kicks.”