Bari player Kamil Kopunek is well aware of what the fans want. “We'll do everything to take Lecce into Serie B with us!”
The Galletti are already relegated and have been rooted to the foot of the table for months, but they have pride to play for in the local derby this afternoon.
“We'll do everything we can to win the derby and take Lecce into Serie B with us!” declared Kopunek.
“I have realised how important this is to the fans. They would be very happy to see Lecce relegated.
“We've got to give our all to give the supporters this gift.”
Some Bari fans were rather too vocal in this request, as training was interrupted this week by around a hundred ultras throwing smoke bombs and chanting.
There was a meeting with players that turned tense and it is reported Nicola Belmonte was even slapped.
‘You don't give the derby away,' read a huge banner. ‘Win or you're in trouble.'
Jean-Francois Gillet has recovered to start in goal, but Gergely Rudolf is still injured along with long-term absentees Paul Codrea, Vitalii Kutuzov, Stefano Okaka, Salvatore Masiello, Paulo Barreto and Nacho Castillo.
Defender Kamil Glik is out for the rest of the season due to a ban, while Abdel Ghezzal was left out as punishment for not turning up to contract talks.
This week the club asked the squad to accept a wage cut during financial difficulties, but only a few of the players accepted.
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