Donadoni: Parma expect a tough game from Roma
The Crociati have started off their 2013-14 Serie A season with a 0-0 draw against Chievo and a 3-1 loss to Udinese, while the Giallorossi have won both of their matches so far, and the coach is aware that his squad will have to give their all to secure a positive result.
Donadoni spoke in a press conference on Sunday about the match and the strategy his team will be using in hopes of breaking down the Lupi.
“It’s a fact of knowing that winning would not change much in my head for our opponents, or for us,” said the tactician, as reported by the official Parma website.
“Nevertheless, the fact that Roma are coming off of two wins says a lot about the opponent that we’re going to meet.
“On our part there must be great enthusiasm, determination, and desire to make an absolute result.
“When opponents are of great technical quality, it must be good to base our plans on terms of pace and intensity.
“It’s necessary to remove our opponent’s space on the field, as it would be important for the technical rate that Roma has.
“We will have to beware, however, to not only break them down, but to also build and then create chances.
“We expect a tough game and will have to deal with it by doing our best.”
The 50-year-old then commented on the status of Walter Gargano, who is on loan with the Ducali from Napoli for the season, and mentioned the talent possessed by veterans Antonio Cassano and Roma captain Francesco Totti.
“Gargano is a player who’s travelled and has played in the recent past, but has little playing time in recent matches, except for his national team,” he continued
“He came back from this double match a little tired, but I’m convinced that he’ll be available.
“For us, he’s a major player who takes weight off the team.
“Totti and Cassano? They’ve made different paths, but they are both talented players of thickness and above average.
“Whoever of the two is more hungry tomorrow night and is able to pass it on more to their team-mates will really make the difference.
“I’m not so worried about the tactical attitude, but rather what the desire of the group will be and how it will determine their performance.
“I have my own idea, which I will assess according to training both today and tomorrow.”