Roberto Donadoni praised Parma’s “battling spirit and top class goal” as they did the double over Napoli.
The Ducali’s European ambitions are more alive than ever, as they caught Inter in fifth place after tonight’s 1-0 result decided by Marco Parolo.
“The goal was top class and everyone did well, from Paletta to the delightful Cassani pass and the high level shot from Parolo,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“My team showed great battling spirit when missing important players and I give them the full credit for this victory.
“We were coming off three consecutive defeats, even if two were undeserved, but we never cried over spilt milk. We knew this squad was achieving great things and we are satisfied for our fans, the city and our President.”
Parma are now joint fifth with Inter and increasingly comfortable in the Europa League spots.
“There are still six matches to play and they are worth 18 points, so clearly every game becomes fundamental,” continued Donadoni.
“We are coming off a tour de force with injuries that meant we couldn’t rotate the squad, so now we will try to get players like Cassano, Amauri and Gargano back in shape. Then we can have our say.
“I don’t want to say Parma deserve Europe, but I will challenge anyone to watch one of our games and say we didn’t deserve our points. This team plays its football and can take anyone on with enthusiasm.
“Sometimes we lack determination, but when we have that furore as we did in the second half tonight, then we can get important results against teams like Napoli.
“The lads do well to give something more than usual when important players are missing. These are valuable elements for the future and will allow us to challenge anyone who crosses our path. Technique and quality are fundamental, but it gets complicated if we don’t have determination and a work ethic.”