Parma, 1 April 2022 – Before today’s training session and the team’s departure for Cosenza, where Parma will take to the pitch at 14:00 CEST tomorrow on matchday 32 in the league, Beppe Iachini held a video press conference. This is what the Parma Coach had to say:

“We continued to work with the lads who were with us during the international break. We kept in contact with those who were away on international duty, and they were back with us yesterday. In today’s training session, we’ll assess how they’re doing. I understand that a few have some bruising; we’ll have a look. It’s nothing serious, but these guys need to be checked.

“As for our absentees, Buffon still hasn’t fully overcome his calf problem. We’ll wait a few more days and then have a look again. Valenti could be in the squad, we’ll evaluate him in training today. Since he has been out for a while, we had him play for the Primavera so he could get used to the pitch again. Cobbaut is suspended. Sits and Benedyczak have bruising on their ankles; they’re another two we need to assess today. The rest have been involved in training. Pandev picked up an injury early on and has only just returned. He’s trained well in the past two weeks. The same goes for Simy. We hope that these two have made strides forward.

The team are doing things the right way, with the required mentality, attitude and organisation. We need to carry on doing this, going for it until the very end in all our matches. Before the Cremonese and Ternana games, we had a positive run; now, we’re unbeaten in seven. The break didn’t come at the right time for us because we were well and truly on the right path. I’ve asked the lads to stay fully focused, handle the final part of the season in the right manner and do as best we can in every match, respecting our opponents and picking up as many points as possible in the process.

“On our recent journey, we’ve faced a mixed bag, beating Pordenone, SPAL and Vicenza, all of whom are looking to stay in the division, as well as playing sides in the upper reaches of the table, like Pisa, Monza and Lecce. Even when we’ve drawn, we’ve been close to winning, creating many chances, wasting a lot of opportunities up top and giving very little away to our opponents. This all means that the team have grown, and, after this international break and having really emphasised the need to be focused, I’m looking forward to seeing a team that pays even more attention to the details and putting games to bed. This is what I expect even more during the final part of the season.

“We’ll be playing in a hostile atmosphere in Cosenza. They’ve been more solid since changing their coach, causing Lecce problems. They deserved a different result against Reggina and, like us, are creating chances. We need to show character, face them in an attentive manner and, given the qualities they possess, with respect too. I hope to see the team I’ve seen for the past two months, one that displays the right attitude and mentality and is organised, even if we haven’t always come away with three points.

“We’ve never had problems with playing youngsters. When Circati made his debut, many people wondered if I was crazy to field a young lad who nobody knew. I’ve watched a few lads and added them to the group, with Circati being one example. He’s already understood what I want, but he still makes mistakes in some situations and needs to work on them, as is the case with all youngsters. For me, every player in the squad is vital, from the youngest to the most experienced. I want the Club to have players who have grown in every respect. This applies to everyone, from Camara and Sits through to Man. We’re continuing to develop Benedyczak, while Bernabè is now playing in front of the defence as opposed to in a trequartista role. Delprato and Cobbaut are also improving.”