Mazzarri was immediately directed as soon as he landed at the airport: “I’m like you Sardinians, I like facts not words”
CAGLIARI. «I know the mentality of the Sardinians and I want to let the pitch speak for us». These were the first words that Walter Mazzarri said yesterday as soon as he landed at Elmas airport. The new Cagliari coach, dark jacket and shirt of the same color, arrived almost “incognito”. Yes, because with the mask and sunglasses, it was almost hard to recognize him. “The sensations for this return to Sardinia are more than positive after my parenthesis as a player – he added walking towards the exit where there was a car waiting for him -. I know the environment, the attachment and the values of this region and of our fans. That’s why we have to work and make the pitch talk ».
The day. Mazzarri arrived in Assemini shortly after 1pm. General manager Mario Passetti and sports director Stefano Capozucca welcomed him. Quick lunch, visit to the Sports Center and then meeting with its staff to prepare the training. The coach then met the team with which he spoke for about twenty minutes, before sending everyone on the field. A working session that the Tuscan coach has dedicated above all to the tactical part. The module? Definitely the 3-5-2. It has always been his workhorse and in the initial phase he will not change that. Cagliari, among other things, is used to this game system and despite the interpretation will certainly be a little different, the team will not struggle to assimilate the new concepts.
The contract. Walter Mazzarri has signed a contract until June 30, 2024. For the first season he will receive a salary of about one million euros, a figure that will increase in the second but will be linked to bonuses, which are then nothing more than objectives to be achieved. There was a discussion on the duration of the contract on Tuesday during the meeting with President Tommaso Giulini. The rossoblù patron at the beginning proposed a two-year, then when he realized that Mazzarri wanted an extra year, at the beginning he tried to resist, then he said yes. The staff of the new rossoblù coach is made up of deputy Claudio Bellucci, the athletic trainer Giuseppe Pondrelli; the technical collaborator Claudio Nitti and the match analyst Cristian Guerrini.
Face to face. In the very long meeting that Mazzarri had with Giulini, an in-depth chat was made on the potential of the team. The coach told the patron that the squad available can reach the goal of salvation without suffering and think of something more. The task of the new helmsman will be to convey enthusiasm to a group affected in morale by a false start and, by the way in which the defeat with Genoa has matured.
Triptych. It starts on Sunday in Rome against Lazio. Far from soft debut for Mazzarri. Then, in the midweek round, Empoli will arrive, a reality that the Livorno coach knows very well, then the trip to Naples, the city where he left excellent memories, obtaining important results. A triptych of matches that will tell if Cagliari is just a malaise.
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