Catania are in the running for a Europa League spot and Coach Rolando Maran is keeping cool. “We’ll see if I need to renew my passport...”
The Elefantini beat Udinese 3-1 to go clear in eighth place and are only two points adrift of Lazio, Roma and Inter.
“Will we qualify for Europe? We’ll see if I need to renew my passport...” he smiled on Sky Sport Italia.
“There is a positive atmosphere at Catania that allows everyone to give their best. The club built something that really works, putting the right people in the right places.”
Maran is in his debut Serie A season and replaced Vincenzo Montella, but is already being linked with big jobs elsewhere.
“The interest of other clubs is pleasing, but it only serves to give more lustre to the excellent campaign we are all having at Catania.
“Coming after Montella when he had done so well only acted as further motivation. There is great reciprocal respect with the players.”
Maran was asked for an opinion on some of the other tacticians currently working in Serie A.
“Antonio Conte is a great Coach and a remarkable organiser. Max Allegri is a friend and brings quality to his football.
“Andrea Stramaccioni proved he is able to deal with such an important bench despite the lack of experience.
“Montella showed impressive ability and learned from his experiences.”