Collecchio, 24 November 2020 – This is what Coach Fabio Liverani had to say ahead of Parma’s home match against Cosenza in the fourth round of the Coppa Italia at 14:30 CET tomorrow:

The fact that Parma will be immediately returning to action after Sunday’s match is probably a good thing…
“Certainly. When you suffer a bad defeat like we did, it’s always better to play another competitive match quickly. We welcome the fact that we’ve got a Coppa Italia tie coming up and we can start again immediately. Progression to the next round is at stake, and this is important. We want to produce a performance that will allow us to qualify. We’ll put on the right display.”

When it comes to training and the psychological side of things, how has it been going? Have you spoken with the lads?
“We had a calm and frank discussion after the match. I think that this is something which happens in every team, both when you win and when you lose. It’s clear that the lads are disappointed with our performance in Rome, as am I. I’m convinced that we’ll respond on the pitch.

The President has given his support in the last few hours, as he has always done…
“I’ve never felt isolated from the Owner or the Sporting Director. In football, it’s normal for there to be some ‘chatter’ after a defeat: this is part of the game. I’m from this world and I know it well, it doesn’t bother me or create doubts in my mind. There’s real cohesion here when it comes to our project and what we’re doing. We’ll therefore move forward knowing that we didn’t produce a good performance, particularly in terms of our attitude, and aware that we need to improve in all aspects. We must do this quickly.”

There’s cohesion when it comes to ideas about how Parma should play too…
“We built this squad to play in a certain way. Then, due to an emergency situation and the difficulties involved with playing in a specific manner, we decided to change to a different formation. The squad as a whole has been built to play with four at the back and three in midfield. Then – as we’ve always said – there are options up front when there’s a complete and fully fit team available. It’s only normal that all the players need to be in an acceptable condition to be able to choose between playing three up top, a trequartista in behind a front two, or two players in a trequartista role behind a centre-forward.”

What kind of team are Cosenza?
“They’re coming into the game on the back of a win against Frosinone. They don’t sit back and like to play on the front foot. They have fast and experienced players and are capable of causing problems. They’ve got a good group and are well-drilled, I know their Coach well: through hard work, he’s created an opportunity for himself and is well-prepared. As for us, it’s an important test for those who have played less: they’ve got the chance to showcase their talents and give the Coach a selection headache, all the while getting minutes under their belts. Other players like Kucka and Gervinho, meanwhile, who have played more matches, will be rested and work at Collecchio.”