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Collecchio, 26 September 2023 – This is what Crociati Coach Fabio Pecchia had to say ahead of the team’s match against Bari tomorrow.


“When I look at our performance against Sampdoria, I’m happy because I saw a lot of good things and a fantastic attitude from the players. It was a strong display where we showed the desire to continue doing our own thing without getting caught up in the frenzy. We had the composure to keep hold of the ball until the end, and our goal arrived after moving the ball around calmly. In the end, we got our reward. After falling behind, we reacted by continuing to do our own thing and what we work hard on during the week, and by displaying the composure to stay in the game. We contained a strong team with high-quality players who could have caused us problems. Beyond the result, our performance was certainly positive as a whole.”


“You can create a winning mentality around the collective and also promote inclusion, which is the philosophy of our Club. Everyone is part of the group, everyone makes themselves available and contributes while also helping us maintain a clear identity. We just need to play to win every match while taking into account the condition of individuals and the kind of game we need to play. I’m pleased with the response of the lads, including those who haven’t played as much. All the while, there’s the awareness that Parma is above everything else. With these values, we can do really well this season.”


“That Coppa Italia fixture took place a while back at a different stage of the season. Bari have players with plenty of experience; they’re a team that know how to take matches to the opposition. It’ll be a very different game compared to Sampdoria. However, we need to have the same attitude and desire in every match while also being mindful of our opponents. They’ll have Diaw back, and he’s a strong player. I like to see the lads under pressure; when you play this frequently, it’s an advantage. Nevertheless, we need to manage our physical and mental reserves. It’s important to recover correctly, and it’ll be important to understand who is particularly motivated and has the most desire to be there out on the pitch and dig in. I’ll make my choices based on that.”


“A packed stadium? You win matches and can enjoy extraordinary seasons when the whole environment is pulling in the same direction, when the players, technical staff and the Club are all on the same page and surrounded by an environment that is enthusiastically rowing in the same direction. We’ve drawn our last two matches in front of two full houses, but the performances were satisfying for everything. This is the great thing: while we didn’t win, many people enjoyed what they saw.”

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