Palermo coach Giuseppe Iachini praised his club and singled out the progress of young striker Paulo Dybala, stressing the 21-year old Argentine must continue working hard and avoid distractions in order to maintain his development.
The well traveled Iachini has found a home with the Rosanero since taking over early in the campaign last season and securing his fourth Serie A promotion in a 13-year coaching career which has seen the Ascoli native lead nine different Italian squads.
“Dybala must not lose his head. He’s a good, humble young man who simply wants to learn and play football. He’s grown a lot and can only continue on from here,” Iachini said at the pre-match press conference in advance of Palermo’s match against a cellar dweller Parma side at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.
Palermo are in fine form having only lost once in their last six matches, a 2-0 loss to Juventus, a run which has seen the Rosanero climb to 12th place.
“The team has grown in many ways and we are working well together. We must continue to look at the next meter ahead and not the next kilometer. We obtain results by taking a single step and we can’t think of the league table , only our next opponent who we have to face with nothing but concentration.”
Iachini is cautious of Sunday’s clash with Parma despite the Crociati being rooted to the bottom of the table and having only won two of their first 12 Serie A matches.
“We respect Parma as they’re a squad that gained entrance to Europa League [though their place was taken by Torino due to financial irregularites]. This week they trained together on retreat so we have to be very aware as they’ll be prepared.”