The Neroverdi can take heart that their fixture list allows them to face Verona, Chievo, Atalanta and Cesena before the end, which would see them well clear should they start gathering points. However, if they have ‘burnt out,’ then those 12 points are worth double to their rivals and they could be in real trouble.
At first glance this may seem absurd, as they sit in 14th place and have 32 points, 11 clear of Cagliari in 18th. At the moment Atalanta on 26 points seem the most likely to be fighting it out with the Sardinians and Cesena, but the form guide points to a different scenario.
However, as the season draws to a close, could they become embroiled in a relegation fight? Thehg线上开户re are signs the fairy tale from Reggio Emilia may have an ending written by the Brothers Grimm.
Di Francesco could have to adapt his high energy high pressing game, as he will be aware that this is a major part for his squad hg外围being on its last legs. He needs to look no further for examples on the continent, just see Marcelo Bielsa and Jurgen Klopp.
Di Francesco will have to hope that his team have enough left in the tank, as changing philosophy at this stage of the season maybe near impossible.
A key factor for Sassuolo’s recent form could be burnout, as they have used only 25 players, the fewest in Serie A this term. This Jose Mourinho approach to having a small squad may be good for team unity, but it does leave them light at this key stage in the season.
The Neroverdi have been in decline for a few months now and they have lost five of their last six matches. Eusebio Di Francesco will note that solit全讯999ary win came against Parma, who by their own admission are not even fit to walk, never mind fight. The match against Empoli last weekend was certainly another stark warning that if the team do not start picking up points soon, there are enough games left in the season to give those below some hope.
Sassuolo have only won three times in the last 15 rounds and, although they have been known as draw specialists this year, even this has deserted them recently. They only have five stalemates in this period and none have come in the last six games.
To many, Sassuolo symbolise everything good about Serie A. They are a small team that has defied the odds in getting into the division and are now standing tall playing their own buccaneer style of football. With Simone Zaza and Domenico Berardi providing the flare and the solid back line lead by goalkeeper Andrea Consigli and defender Paolo Cannavaro, they have managed to take some big scalps. Both Milan and Inter have fallen to them this year.