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Sunday April 29 2012
Cosmi weans Lecce off Cuadrado

Serse Cosmi has to do without Juan Cuadrado as Lecce have a tough test with Parma today. “The psychological aspect will be crucial.”

The Salentini are just one point adrift of Genoa, while the Ducali are to all intents and purposes safe on 44.

“I think that for this game the psychological aspect will be crucial,” said Cosmi.

“It will be important for us to know how to interpret this match in every moment, even those when we are suffering under pressure.

“Parma deserve to be out of the relegation battle for all they have done in the last few weeks of the campaign, notching up a series of important performances.”

Cuadrado is suspended and Julio Sergio injured, so Lecce must do without one of their talismanic Udinese-owned Colombians.

“Before Napoli, the only two defeats in the second half of the season had been without Cuadrado,” pointed out Cosmi.

“He is a player who can make a difference at this level, although he hasn’t been the same since his return from injury. Having him at the top of his game for the final three rounds would certainly be an advantage, because I have no others with his characteristics.

“As for Parma, they were without Sebastian Giovinco when we faced them earlier this season. He is one of those players who can change a result when the light bulb goes on over his head. He is an altruistic talent.”

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