Roberto Donadoni has demanded a “step up in quality” from Parma so they can cause an upset away to Udinese this afternoon.
The Ducali are ahead of the Friulani in the standings, sitting one point out in front. Click here for a match preview.
“It will be fundamental to see a performance where we prove that we’ve rediscovered our determination and belief to make that step up in quality,” said the Coach.
Their away record is poor, managing only a 3-1 win at Torino, a draw and four defeats outside the Tardini.
“Udine represents a big test for us. It’s true they have had some problems keeping consistent, but they remain a team that are superior to what their current position in the standings would suggest.
“If we allowed Udinese the same number of chances that we gave to Siena, then we would be punished severely. I warned everyone to be attacking, but not to leave themselves open to the counter.”
Jonathan Biabiany is suspended and Daniele Galloppa injured, so it’s possible Nicola Sansone will start after a hugely impressive Italian Under-21 international debut midweek.
“Sansone’s confidence is high after that performance and that is important. He proved he’s in good shape. Dorlan Pabon has barely trained after the long trip for international duty, while Ishak Belfodil angers me at times because he can and must do more.”
Parma squad for Udinese: Mirante, Pavarini, Bajza; Benalouane, Fideleff, Lucarelli, MacEachen, Paletta; Acquah, Gobbi, Marchionni, Musacci, Morrone, Ninis, Parolo, Rosi; Amauri, Arteaga, Belfodil, Pabon, Palladino, Sansone
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