Roberto Donadoni revealed the secret to dealing with Antonio Cassano, Parma’s amazing season and the Milan protest.
His Ducali consolidated sixth place and extended their unbeaten run to 16 with today’s 4-2 victory at San Siro.
“I want to be honest, it wasn’t our best performance. I have to praise my players, as it was not easy to win at San Siro, especially with our opponents in a curious psychological situation.
“Their enthusiasm is remarkable. We went 2-0 up, Milan caught us, but then we scored another two. I like that spirit. Of course there can be errors along the way and things to be improved, but that’s what this job is all about.”
Cassano bagged a brace and seems to have finally settled down, so how did Donadoni get the best out of the mercurial forward?
“It takes common sense. Of course if everyone thinks they are right and won’t even listen to other options, then they will end up clashing. It just requires a little common sense and an open mind,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“Antonio knows that he has to play that role wherever I place him on the field. If he accepts those conditions, then it goes well. If he doesn’t, then he’s in trouble.”
Ezequiel Schelotto made a rare start and was decisive, earning the opening penalty that saw Christian Abbiati sent off and setting up Amauri’s goal.
“Schelotto’s talent was knowing what it means to play with Cassano. Ezequiel made the most of his qualities with some great runs, I lost count how many, and at one point I had to tell him to calm down. Even at the 90th minute he was pressing the goalkeeper and defenders. It’s wonderful to see that attitude.
“I told Amauri that his response in training was excellent and that he makes my decisions difficult. I’m happy to have such problems.”
Donadoni has been called an ‘unfashionable’ Coach, but his success rate at Parma is beyond dispute.
“I am myself, I always try to be myself, then some might like me and others might not. I said in the locker room I’d prefer it for them to go out and speak to the media, as they deserve the attention rather than me.
“We are working hard and want to keep going all the way, as we enjoy our jobs.”
Donadoni was a Milan legend, so what did he think of the Curva Sud protest against the team today?
“It’s disappointing, but clearly when a side like Milan is in this position in the table, you can expect some protests.
“I think in any case Milan came out eager to fight hard and turn around a complicated situation. With 10 men they came back from 2-0 down, so that must mean something.
“I believe the fans ought to help the team get back on its feet. I realise that’s not easy, but calm is the only way to go forward.”