Tonight against Salernitana it is forbidden to make mistakes. He will play the same line-up with Sassuolo, Pavoletti in doubt
CAGLIARI. Words matter very little now. Cagliari today must beat Salernitana if they want to feed the hope of pulling themselves out of the quicksand. This is the photograph of a match from inside or outside. The draw with Sassuolo was a first sign of recovery, to which others will have to be added. Starting with the very delicate race tonight. The two formations share the last place in the ranking and at the moment they have the water almost beyond the gorge. Whoever loses ends up in a black hole from which it will not be easy to get out. The rossoblùs are aware that between now and the end of the year it will be necessary to collect as many points as possible, then the market will open and the management, in harmony with the coach, knows where and how to intervene to correct the defects of the staff. Today we need the fighting spirit seen in Reggio Emilia. The same desire to fight for every ball. There is no doubt that Salerno will do the same thing. But the home factor could have an impact.
Confirmations. Walter Mazzarri did not want to anticipate anything about the choices (“I must not give advantages to the opponents”). But there is a good chance that the same eleven lined up with Sassuolo will be confirmed. Maybe with Bellanova who will start immediately on the left, Nandez on the opposite side, Grassi and Marin in the middle of the field. Godin did not recover, while Pavoletti will try this morning. The feeling is that the attacker can make it and go to the bench. Zappa and Lykogiannis, albeit with some flaws in the defensive phase, are growing and playing continuously could make him gain self-esteem and improve performance. For Grassi it will be another important exam. The midfielder can be an important “purchase”.
The opponents. Ribery did not take part in the session due to gastroenteritis: the condition of the Frenchman, who is already suffering from a discomfort in his knee, will be evaluated in the next few hours. If he succeeds, he could start from the bench. In the Salerno area, Kastanos and Schiavone are also in doubt, having worked separately due to muscle fatigue. Mamadou Coulibaly, Ruggeri and Strandberg who have undergone physiotherapy will not be from the trip. It cannot be ruled out that the grenades may change their set-up against Cagliari, going from 4-3-3 to 3-5-2. The coach Colantuono, who a few years ago was very close to Cagliari but then the negotiations were interrupted, is a fighter like his colleague from Cagliari. «I expect a very difficult match – his words – against a team built to play a certain type of championship and which finds itself in a ranking position that you do not compete with. It will be a competition to be played with a knife between the teeth ».
Statistics. Cagliari and Salernitana faced each other twice in Serie A: in both cases the rossoblù won with the result of 3-1. Joao Pedro has scored 16 goals in 2021 in the league, only two players in the history of Cagliari have done better in A: David Suazo (18 in 2006) and Gigi Riva (18 goals on four occasions).
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