Parma, 4 May 2019 – Coach Roberto D’Aversa today spoke to the press at Collecchio in view of his team’s clash against Sampdoria on Sunday.

Here’s what he had to say:

Schiappacasse isn’t available while Ceravolo has been called up. He’s trained with the team and we’ll assess him tomorrow. He’s certainly doing better than last week and he also feels more convinced himself. During the first half of the season, Sampdoria were one of the teams who gave us problems. They are well organised in attack, defence and also from set pieces. Quagliarella is the league’s top scorer because he has players behind him that get the best out of his skills. From a motivational point of view, we’re going in search of our objective, which is something that we want to achieve at all costs.

“This team always gives their all in training, although this is not always repeated out on the pitch. There was disappointment after our last game. A lot depends on how we play ourselves. We’ve had the right attitude at home of late and, as a result, we’ve picked up results against Milan and Torino. I want to see great desire from everyone tomorrow, including the atmosphere. There is a friendship between supporters and this is a wonderful thing, although we must reach out objective. There will be difficult moments and the crowd’s contribution will be key. Empoli at 12:30 CEST? We must focus only on our own game.

“Against Chievo, I tried to understand what happened during the second half, however, one must also consider the mental aspect as well as fitness and tactics. We must always remain concentrated. We had the chance to gain ground on our objective and we should’ve done more. However, we’re now focused on Samp and the difficulties linked to this game.

“I don’t think that there needs to be any added tension. There are four games remaining and we must go into this match fully aware of its importance. We’ll need determination and intensity. I want to see a team that wants to reach their goal, while also doing everything to get a result.

“At the core of every result must be the organisation of both the club and the team. If we are to judge these players, after all of the obstacles and from where we started, then we can only praise them for what they’ve done. We are just missing the cherry on the cake of this season’s work.”