Collecchio, 14 September 2018 – Before leaving for Milan, where Parma will face Inter tomorrow at 15:00 CEST, Coach Roberto D’Aversa today held his pre-match press conference at Collecchio in view of the matchday four Serie A TIM encounter.
Here’s what he had to say:
“If we analyse the three matches that we’ve played so far, we’ve demonstrated that with the right determination we can compete and obtain results. However, we can still improve and we must limit the mistakes that are costing us points. We are satisfied with how we’ve started, although obviously, we always look to improve regardless of results. For games li,ke this a coach has little to do in terms of motivation. We’re playing against a team that is built to compete with Juventus, in one of the best stadiums in Italy. We must consider that this time, unlike the Juventus game, we are not at home, therefore we must do well.”
“The formation? I still have a few assessments to make. It’s been said that Di Gaudio has injury issues, but rather, he’s been given permission to deal with a family situation. We need to assess those who’ve rejoined us during the week. Sierralta trained by himself yesterday because he came back on Wednesday evening. A lot of things still need to be considered, but for the most part, it will be similar to the Juventus game. Absences? If it’s not Icardi then there will be someone else in his place. They have a squad full of potential regardless of who plays and it will be a difficult game. We always try to prepare to the best of our ability for every game. I hope to see the same character and determination that we shown against Juve. Inter do well in their pressing, so we must be solid technically and try to make as few mistakes as possible.”
We have to treat the game at the San Siro like the great occasion it is: we will be playing in such an important stadium because we are now a Serie A team. On pape,r many will think we don’t have a chance, but we proved against Juventus that if you approach things in a certain way anything is possible. I hope the lads are convinced of their potential and will try to eliminate the mistakes that have stopped us picking up more points. It’s important to try and make life difficult for a team that might think that they’re going to have it easy. We’ve got to do well in terms of making it difficult.”
“Ciciretti has taken part in the last two training sessions and is available. My memories of playing at San Siro? My greatest memory is entering the stadium for the first time when I was 16 after being signed by Milan. I was able to watch a Sunday game and it was a great feeling, but I also had a bit of fear inside me as the viewing public made their feelings clear. As a player, you only think about securing a good result and demonstrating that you’re not inferior to the opposition, whether against Milan or Inter. I hope there’s this desire again tomorrow. When you play, you should always aim for the three points: if you try to play for just a point it can be more difficult to get it. I don’t think there’s anyone who’s just thinking about getting a draw tomorrow: when the game begins you’re only thinking about getting the best possible result – that I can guarantee you.”