Domenico Di Carlo said Livorno have no fear of Serie A leaders Juventus. “We hope to pull a surprise.”
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“Sooner or later, a surprise can happen and we hope to pull a surprise,” Coach Di Carlo told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Football is unpredictable. Don’t forget two years ago Juve drew here with Lecce around this time of the season and last term they lost to Sampdoria.
“Of course, Juventus are having an extraordinary campaign and at times I hear criticism of them that is frankly inopportune. Antonio Conte is a perfectionist, just like me.
“However, we can still hope they have an off day and we get the perfect game.”
The Amaranto already caused an upset last week, fighting back from 2-0 down to hold Inter 2-2.
“Against the big clubs you must know how to suffer under pressure and then hit them on the break to make the most of any distractions.
“We are in the right condition to pick up points anywhere we can. Obviously I have to consider the overall situation as well.”
This may well be a reference to the rumour Livorno will rest Paulinho, as he is on a yellow card and they cannot afford to miss him against Chievo next week.
“Innocent Emeghara and Paulinho form a partnership that has technique, physicality and depth. I tried to bring confidence, enthusiasm, sense of belonging and the courage to dare.
“The group is young, but these lads follow me and enjoy their football. When they get things wrong, they learn from their mistakes.
“Set plays are fundamental and at times I shout at the players in the locker room because they ought to try out a few more training ground exercises. We are always looking for new options.
“We have grown through the suffering this season because we are not afraid and want to go beyond our limitations.”