Parma, 8 December 2021 – As part of the Meet&Greet on Stadium Day, which saw fans taken on a guided tour of the Tardini, Crociati defender Enrico Delprato spoke to journalists in a press conference.

 “Given that one of my main assets is versatility, I’m fine playing all over the pitch. I’m right-footed and prefer playing on the right, both as the fifth midfielder in a 3-5-2 or as a traditional full-back. That’s how I can be most effective and whip balls in for my teammates.”

 “I’ve already experienced managerial changes. When there’s a change, it’s the coach that suffers but we as a team need to take a look at ourselves too because it means that something didn’t go well. Unfortunately, these things happen in football and the team needs to manage to consign that to the past and move on, as we’re doing now.”

 “Each coach has his own philosophy; he needs to convey that to the team and then it’s up to us to put that into practice out on the pitch. We need to do what the coach asks of us.”

 “Serie B is different to Serie A, but still a tough league. It’s physical with less quality; each player needs to adapt his skills to each division. We have a lot of quality; we’ll show that. We have to bring ourselves in line with the game of the other teams, which is more aggressive, and in the last few games, we have already seen the growth of the group, like in Ascoli. We need to run more and talk less while making ourselves a tougher team to beat. That’s what we need to make that extra little step.”

 “We know that games like the one against Ascoli are important but things didn’t go well before that and as a team, we know that the past is behind us. We need to take it game by game and get more points. We had a double session in the snow today; we need to keep working as we have a big game at home to Perugia coming up. We know we need to win and to fight for every ball.”

 “Parma is a historic Club with a lot of trophies but you get these less brilliant moments at many teams. We need to turn the page and give a positive signal against Perugia by playing with more aggression and compactness. There’s still time but we need to make this change straight away and get as many points as possible.”

“Perugia are a really good team. They’re really aggressive and don’t let you settle on the ball; they use the ball well too. It’s a difficult game – as they all are in Serie B. We have the chance to play at home with the fans, who will help us a lot. We need to approach it with the right attitude.”

 “This is a strange season – difficult and long. Win two games and your fighting for a playoff place, lose two and you’re in a relegation battle. We mustn’t give up then, we just need a series of wins to stay there; we’ll give it our all in each game.”

 “All the young players need to stay humble and show a hunger to learn and listen to the more experienced guys in the group. It’s great to have so many youngsters in the team. We all need to respond as individuals to what the coach asks of us and to give a positive response on the pitch.”