Parma, 2 April 2021 – Here are Roberto D’Aversa’s thoughts ahead of Benevento vs. Parma:

“A few of our internationals seemed a bit tired but we have this evening and tomorrow morning to recover. I don’t like the word “Final” because it can seem like it’s all over if things don’t go your way. Tomorrow’s game is hugely important and it’s a six-pointer for us. We’re taking on a team that beat Juventus before the break, so they’ll have extra enthusiasm. I told the lads that we just need to think about ourselves. There are 52 days left of the season to get the job done. I believe this team has the potential to finish higher than this. The lads have to give their all until the end of the season and I’m convinced we’ll reach our objective.”

“I was stunned after the Genoa game. The boys are giving me confidence that we can avoid relegation because any other team would’ve crumbled after what happened to us: dropping points from winning positions and conceding a 93rd-minute equaliser against Fiorentina. True, we haven’t been able to take as many points as we maybe should have, but we take the positives from those games, knowing that, from tomorrow, we can’t afford any more errors.”

“Errors are always analysed and we were able to do a lot of work with our defenders over the past two weeks. Where we can work, we’ll try to do it and we’ll try to improve but levels of intensity and effort are down to the boys themselves. The only game that I had a problem with in that regard was Bologna, not even the match against Sampdoria because we had chances against them. Our desire is to not make mistakes. This has happened, but I hope we can improve. We have the chance to complete the task at hand, but it all depends on us.”

“Benevento are a different side now than they were earlier in the season, and their system proves that. They went to a 5-3-2 against Juve and Spezia, while they had been playing in a 4-3-2-1. They were also more adventurous earlier in the season; now, they’re more compact and willing to sit in to get a result. We know it won’t be an easy task but we can go there and do all we can to win. We’re looking at their strengths and weaknesses and, on our side, we have to have the intention to take all three points.”

I have a great relationship with Inzaghi; he’s a friend and I think he’s a great coach, but his best virtue is his humility. After a career like his as a player, he’s still so humble when he speaks about football. He’ll become a great coach.”

Praise has to go to the Romanian players because they returned home early from international duty at their own expense. This shows that they have a sense of belonging at the Club and that isn’t exactly common. Thanks also to Cornelius and Conti, who’ve done all they can to make themselves available even if they aren’t able to start. I will talk to them all tomorrow morning; some of them have recovered more and some less so. We need everyone right now. We need the veterans in Pellè, Cornelius and Gervinho and the youngsters like Mihaila and Man. We don’t want to make any excuses in terms of absences and will go to Benevento with the desire to win.”