The coach, former Sampdoria: “A balanced match, but we must start again with our heads free of worries”
CAGLIARI. The Cagliari championship starts again from Sampdoria. The coach, Walter Mazzarri, said it less than twenty-four hours before the 12.30 match against the Sampdoria, his former team, at Unipol Domus: «For me – he began – it starts now: it must be the match of a lifetime. After the match against Venezia, I told the guys to think as if the championship was made up of 16 teams and therefore 32 games. We made the first by taking a point, someone else won, so now he is two points ahead ».
“So now head to Sampdoria, let’s put on the pitch what we tried this week – he continued -. I hope that the public will give us a hand: in these days I have seen first hand how much you love the team. I am convinced that with this general attitude it is possible to change course ».
Cagliari, however, with a problem: the four Uruguayans returned last night from Manaus, the city of the last game lost by Celeste against Brazil. “I haven’t seen them yet – explained the coach – we’ll see how they can be used and how many minutes they have on their legs.” Defense emergency: Godin has played all three matches of the national team, Caceres also comes from the South American efforts, Walukiewicz is out. Ceppitelli, Carboni and Lykogiannis remain, which could be adapted to the left.
Two weeks of work taking advantage of the break. But in reduced ranks: «Sarri said that the players train more with the national teams than with the clubs? – joked the coach – thank goodness he said so so they don’t say that I am complaining. Well, at least he was able to prepare with the whole squad, I have four national teams playing on the other side of the world. If they were Swedish, for example, I would have them immediately available. But this is difficult. Sure, those who have trained have worked hard with benefits that will be seen very soon. A situation that gave me the opportunity to get to know the whole squad well. Strootman and Pavoletti? They trained very well ».
Mazzarri does not hide the difficulties of the match. “Sampdoria has proven form and players – said the coach – The squad has remained almost unchanged compared to last year, has players of great value, a good coach and has been able to put everyone in difficulty”.
“Like so many games in this championship it will be balanced and decided by some aspects. But we have to make the episodes turn on our side – he added – It is, however, with the work that this can happen. I expect to see improvements in the dribble from us. : if we play the defensive phase in a certain way and in possession of the ball we develop certain characteristics, we can put them in difficulty. “