Vincenzo Montella explains how Catania prepared for today’s lunch-time kick-off against Cagliari.
“It is not the first time we have played a game at this time. You get used to it,” he said of the 11.30am UK time start, 12.30 local.
“Everyone eats what they know that they can tolerate on the pitch at that time of the day.”
Training schedules were also adjusted in the days leading up to the game.
“Cagliari have a very strong midfield, perhaps the best of the mid-table sides, but they will really miss Radja Nainggolan. In recent outings I’ve seen them play really well and even lose when they didn’t deserve to.”
Maxi Lopez is widely expected to join Milan during the January transfer window, but can barely get a game at Catania.
“Lopez is training well and doesn’t make the fact he’s a big-name player weigh on anyone. He could be used in this game, although I don’t know if from the start.”
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