Massimo Ficcadenti trusts Cagliari can cause an upset against Roma. “We need the right mentality at the Olimpico.”
The Giallorossi have stuttered throughout the summer under Luis Enrique's radical changes and went out of the Europa League in the play-offs.
With internal strife over Francesco Totti still tearing the side apart, the Sardinians hope to take full advantage.
“After so much work in training, it's finally time to start the game,” smiled the Coach. “We have many new players, are highly motivated and want to do well.
“Roma have also renovated their squad and will have several newcomers on the field tomorrow. However, that doesn't mean we trust our opponents to have difficulty gelling.
“We've got to have the right mentality if we want to pick up points at the Stadio Olimpico, regardless of how the game goes. The only way to emerge with a result is to stay compact and tight.”
Ficcadenti hinted he could throw Brazilian signing Thiago Ribeiro in from the start.
“We prepared well for this game and I saw progress in everyone, especially Thiago Ribeiro. I will make a decision on the line-up at the last minute.”
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