Parma, 9 April 2021 – On the eve of Parma vs. AC Milan, a match that will kick off at 18:00 CEST tomorrow at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, Coach Roberto D’Aversa had the following to say to the press:

“As was the case for our last match, the way we attack and defend will depend on the players that are chosen to take to the pitch. In Benevento, there was a change in the second half compared to the opening period. Last time out, the team showed that they’re capable of adapting from a tactical point of view in the same match. Such changes are made based on the characteristics of the players, with this applying to both the attacking and defensive phases. We’ve tried to find alternative solutions in other games.

“When I arrived, Mihaila hadn’t played a lot and had experienced muscular problems. He’s since gone on to be a regular in the team. He didn’t come back from the international break in the best shape and, given that he wasn’t 100% fit, didn’t start our last match. We try to safeguard our assets. Gervinho didn’t perform up to standard, but let’s not forget that he’s one of the players who have allowed us to stay in Serie A in the past couple of years. While he fell short against Benevento, this doesn’t mean that we should crucify him, or anyone else for that matter. He did poorly, we’re aware of that, but we hope that he can help us win the match tomorrow, just like he’s often done in the past. There can be criticism, but I can’t possibly accept our professionalism being called into question, especially that of my staff.

The reason I came back was to try to achieve the feat of saving the team from relegation. Upon my return, I said that we need to remain united to reach our goal. At this current time, the league is open, both for those aiming to make the Champions League and also those fighting for survival. We’re four points behind Torino and I think that this team have the potential to achieve our objective. The most important thing now is to pick up points, we’re thinking about tomorrow’s game at the moment. AC Milan have taken 37 points from a possible 42 away from home and were first for half a season. It’ll be a difficult match, but we’ll have to show desire and eagerness to cause them problems despite their away form.

“They have very few weaknesses. I think that tomorrow’s match will be just as important as all of the others that remain. We need to approach every match with maximum commitment and determination. AC Milan are very good on a technical level, and they have players who are good at attacking in behind. They can vary their build-up play, and if you want to cause them problems you need to show intensity and be aggressive, as Sampdoria were against them. When you face teams as strong as they are, you hope that they’ll have a bad day. However, we need to produce the perfect performance if we want to pick up three points. I hope we’ll be able to implement what we’ve prepared tactically. I’m not going to respond to questions about tactics because I don’t want to help a team that, on paper, are stronger than we are. Ahead of matches, we analyse the opposition and study where they’ve had difficulties.

“Goals from dead-ball situations? I believe that such goals have occurred more frequently because of the fact that crowds are currently absent: spectators being in stadiums leads to higher concentration levels. In our case, it’s an aspect that we need to improve because it’s stopping us improving our league position. Apart from our match against Bologna, we’ve always done well, including in terms of chances created. When it comes to defending, the important thing is to show ruthlessness and the determination not to concede, both when you man mark and zonal mark. Second balls are also key: you need to be attentive.”