Collecchio, 10 September 2020 – “We were a much better team today, with better fitness, and this meant that we had more chances and made less errors.” This was the analysis from coach Fabio Liverani after Parma’s 6-0 friendly win over Pro Sesto at Collecchio. “With more training sessions, players perform better,” he continued. “It’s still a period of growth. We had a good session yesterday, so some of them only played 45 minutes today, because they’ve done a lot of work. The fundamental thing is that we get minutes in our legs and make sure there are no fitness problems. 

I think it’s all a bit new, especially when we’re in possession. We’re working on various new concepts and this requires a bit of patience and a bit of time. It takes time to build a team that knows exactly what it has to do. We don’t have much time. We need to pick up the pace, but unfortunately we need time, because football is a team game. It requires harmony in movement, marking, shape and positioning. They’re all requirements for us during the week and the boys are getting on with it with great attention and a desire to understand new things. It’s normal to not have all of this understood after working together for only seven to ten days. We haven’t had more than two sessions with a full squad. From the international break to the odd niggle, we’re a bit behind in terms of working all together as a team. Up until now, we haven’t had a single full team training session. I hope that we can come together as a team from tomorrow and train with a bit of continuity to better understand what the solution might be.”