Sarri’s superb work in Tuscany so far is demonstrating that with the right blend of youth and experience, lavish spending is not needed to survive in Italy’s top flight.
Parma were unable to play their fixture against Udinese at the Stadio Ennio Tardini this we现金赌场ekend as they could not afford to pay stewards or security staff to attend.
The Tuscans, who had been consigned to relegation in many people’s eyes before the season had even started, have now been defeated only twice in their last 14 Serie A matches, a run going back to November 1.
<365bet平台开户p> Many will be hoping that once Rugani returns to the Old Lady, who signed the defender outright in January before loaning him back to Empoli to see out the season, he will stake a claim to begin adorning an even more illustrious Azzurri shirt.
While Rugani excels as his career bursts into life, praise must be reserved for his teammate who is playing an equally important role during the swansong of his career.
If you were to travel back eight months and tell Parma Coach Roberto Donadoni and his Empoli counterpart Mauricio Sarri where they would be when March arrives, they might well laugh in your face.
A 3-0 win over Chievo was their second vicotry in three matches and has moved Mauricio Sarri’s team up to 14th place, seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Centre-back Daniele Rugani, 20, has deservedly attracted a lot of praise for his performances in the Azzurri shirt and scored in Sunday’s win, prompting Sarri to say he ‘deserves Juventus’, the club he will return to at the end of the season.
Although club legend Tavano has struggled for goals, scoring two in Serie A all season, the recent form of forgotten man Maccarone has provided one of the most uplifting sub-plots to Serie A in recent weeks.
While no calcio fans can take any pleasure in the public decline of one of the peninsula’s great clubs, this weekend did highlight one cause for optimism in Serie A as Empoli’s superb form continued.
The turnaround in fortunes for the Crociati has been unfathomable, as they finished sixth in Serie A last s博狗62eason and boasted a squad featuring the likes of Antonio Cassano, Gabriel Paletta and Jonathan Biabiany.
Captain Alessandro Lucarelli’s scathing interview then provided one of the most heart-breaking insights into the state of the once-great Gialloblu, who haven’t paid any staff since July 2014.
Primavera Coach Hernan Crespo then underlined the severity of the financial problems by saying that youth players were getting ill having cold showers, as there was not enough money to pay for electricity.
The Derby della Lanterna between Genoa and Sampdoria was rained off and will now be played on Tuesday. The Champions League battle continued without them though, as Lazio came back from a goal behind to defeat Palermo 2-1 and Fiorentina were held 1-1 at home by a plucky Torino side, meaning the Biancoceleste leapfrog La Viola into fourth.
They have won when it really mattered. Yesterday’s comprehensive defeat of Chievo was added to wins against fellow relegation strugglers Parma and Cesena earlier in the season, as well as surprise wins over two of the League’s form teams, Lazio and Palermo.
Elsewhere, Roma’s incredible run of draws continued as they were held 1-1 at the Stadio Bentegodi by Verona. Rudi Garcia’s side have now drawn six of their last seven Serie A matches, leaving them nine points adrift of Juventus, who extended their lead with a 2-1 win over Atalanta on Friday.
Lucarelli said that he’d “be willing to start again from Serie D for the colours of this club,” and it appears more and more likely that he will be doing exactly that as their bankruptcy hearing looms.
With seven League goals this season, the former Middlesbrough man has put himself on a par with more talked-about counterparts Domenico Berardi, Khouma Babacar, Filip Djordjevic, Eder, Franco Vazquez and Alessandro Matri.
However, the state of affairs between the two clubs goes from one extreme of the spectrum to the other as we enter the final stretch of the season.
Massimo Maccarone has now scored five goals in his last four matches, including two in the win over Chievo. The 35-year-old’s partnership with Francesco Tavano may add up to a combined age of 70, but it was their eye for goal that fired the club to promotion last season.