Conor Clancy Date:9th December 2019 at 8:05am
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Cagliari had to fight from two goals behind on Sunday afternoon but they did exactly that to leave with a point against Sassuolo and climb into Serie A’s top four.

Rolando Maran’s side have been the fairytale story of 2019/20 so far and jus when their 12-game unbeaten run looked certain to come to an end, they found the fight to overturn the deficit and steal a point in the 90th minute.

They’re not perfect, but they don’t need to be

So many of the sides pushing for the Champions League this season are flawed, and Cagliari are no different.

Beyond Inter and Juventus, the other two spots will likely be anyone’s to take, although Lazio look better bets for the third spot with each passing week.

The Sardinians were slow to turn up in Reggio Emilia, and Sassuolo has them tamed in the opening 45 minutes.

Maran’s side looked lost for ideas and were relying on their hosts vacating space and hoping that Giovanni Simeone or Radja Nainggolan could find the energy to attack those openings.

What was evident in the second 45 was the spirit of the side Maran has put together. They never gave up or lost belief, and the celebrations when Daniele Ragatzu levelled late on showed a united bunch.

Just like Atalanta’s recent sides, Cagliari are a team who perform above what you’d expect and they’re very much greater than the sum of their parts, with some genuine elite-level talent sprinkled in thanks to Nainggolan as well.