Parma, 16 March 2019 – Following their final session of the week, Coach Roberto D’Aversa answered questions from the press in view of Sunday’s trip to face Lazio.
Here’s what he had to say:
“The aim is to get a result. We must be aware that we’re coming up against a team that’s strong in every department and who also possess great individual players. However, we must also know that we can get a result if we’re determined and solid. Sierralta, Barillà and Stulac are all unavailable, while Scozzarella is suspended. We’ve worked on a few different things during the week and tomorrow I’ll decide who plays. These lads have demonstrated that they can do well even in difficulty.”
“My 100th appearance with Parma? It’s a real positive and it’s something that’s been in the works for some time. They’ve come by pretty fast. We’ve achieved so much that you don’t realise how much time has passed. It’s a great feeling on a personal level, although what interests me most is getting a result tomorrow. Leaving Parma? Reading your name linked to other jobs can be nice, although I am only focused on advancing my work here at Parma. Our aim must be to stay up and to think about our match against Lazio. Let’s also not forget that Parma is a top club with a great history. We’re progressing really well and we want to keep this up.
“How is the team doing? We’ve been through a tough spell but all teams have them. We must remain well-balanced, it was important to win our last game against Genoa. The team had a sense of relief after the game but we were back to working with intensity as always during the week. We’ll head to Rome determined because our goal still hasn’t been reached. Lazio? They’re a complete and strong side. We’re aware of their quality but every single one of us wants to prove that we’re not inferior. We must be pleased to be playing in such a top stadium tomorrow, yet we cannot just be in awe. We must look to play the perfect match, conceding as little as possible.
“A Coach tries to put everyone at ease in a way to get the best out of their team. We must be technically strong tomorrow but they can threaten on the counter-attack. We must all pay close attention. It was great to see the whole stadium pushing the team on during our win against Genoa. I don’t think that this result arrived by chance. The condition of the pitch? I haven’t seen it yet, but I don’t think that there should be any excuses – we’ll see tomorrow. We must look at getting a result to help achieve our objective. If we think that we can relax after the last game then we’d be completely mistaken.”