Parma, 3 October 2020 – Ahead of Parma’s match against Hellas Verona at 15:00 CEST tomorrow, Coach Liverani answered questions from journalist in the press room at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.

This is what he had to say:

“With the transfer window set to shut, the team has seemed more focused. For us, the situation has taken it out of us slightly on a mental level, and I’m therefore happy that there will be no more transfers once the next 48 hours have passed. We’ll then be able to work with the group we have at Collecchio. Despite the circumstances, the lads have shown the desire to produce a good performance in their work during the week, it’ll be a battle for the team we’re up against.

“Being tough is something that should never be missing from a team, irrespective of who the coach is. I believe that this squad has this characteristic in its DNA. The team’s pride has been hurt by these two defeats, and I’m convinced that we will show real grit and ruthlessness as we look to gain belief.

“The involvement of Cornelius and Inglese is one of the positive aspects to come from this week. Even if they don’t have 90 minutes in their legs, they have made themselves available. This is a sign of unity in a difficult moment for us, although we did expect that we’d encounter problems. Building an identity takes time and we are a work in progress. We’ve faced teams who have worked together over a longer period, and this is highly significant.

“Our project will involve 22-23 outfield players and a mix of youth and experience. When we have a complete squad, there will be plenty of room for improvement. The signings we make will complete the squad, and every player will have a direct competitor for their position. I believe that competition for places improves a team’s quality, both in training and during matches.”

“Darmian is an exceptional lad and is someone who makes you understand the strength of this group in what is a difficult period. Despite his situation, he has shown his willingness to lend us a hand. He won’t start because it’s only right to build our team with players who will be at Parma. Valenti? He’s part of the matchday squad but hasn’t trained with the group. We need to be as united as possible, which is why he’ll be on the bench. I believe that being with the group will help him integrate more quickly.”

“Results are key in football. Given that Verona have six points, they’re in a good position. Duels will be important: they put a lot of intensity into their one-on-one battles. I believe that we have the hunger and the right characteristics do well in this match, and I’m convinced that the team will put in a good performance. The post-COVID period has been difficult for everyone, credit to the owners and Sporting Director because they are bringing in players without waiting for players to go, sending out a strong message in the process. I’m interested in having 22-23 players at my disposal and building on the characteristics of the players. From Tuesday, we’ll have a group to work with up until January.”