The analysis. Reliable bench, the self-esteem of an unfinished team grows
VERONA. Sacrifice, desire to raise your head, to get out of a negative moment. Cagliari in Verona gave signs of life. The fear that the failure to win against Salernitana could leave heavy waste was real. Concern that dissolved after Tuesday’s performance in a stadium in which, in Serie A, the rossoblùs have not won for almost fifty years. There are three comforting figures: growth in terms of play; a stronger and more protected defense; not having conceded a goal is a detail not to be underestimated considering that this had never happened this season.
What’s wrong. This does not mean that the defects have disappeared with a stroke of the magic wand and the work to be done remains a lot. For example, in the transition phase the team is too “foul” in the circulation of the ball, so it nullifies favorable situations that also occurred at least five or six times the other night. We need to grow on second balls and on the approach that even at the “Bentegodi” was not the best. Suffering in that way, leaving the initiative in the hands of the opponent, is a defect to be corrected, because the risk is that the matches immediately start uphill.
Surprises. Bellanova is one of them, but goalkeeper Radunovic has also shown that he can be counted on. In a puzzle where some pieces are just missing, having the certainty that when you turn on the bench you have reliable guys is definitely an extra option for the coach.
Change of pace. Cagliari has put together three positive results in a row. Not bad for those who are gasping. Now we need more. And this more has only one word: victory. To get out of the quicksand, taking the three points home becomes an obligatory step. The only way to give serenity to an environment that has lived together with the ghosts of relegation for almost two years. The challenge with Turin will be a watershed. Winning would make the rossoblù boat turn towards the sea without waves, any other result would continue to make it sail in the storm. (r.m.)
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