Wednesday December 1 2010
Rossi believes in Palermo chances

Delio Rossi believes Palermo can beat Sparta Prague to qualify for the Europa League knockouts.

The Sicilians need two victories in their last two games to get through.

“I believe we have every chance of achieving qualification for the next round,” assured the Coach.

“Tomorrow's game will be just as important to us as last week's Serie A meeting with Roma.”

Palermo won that fixture 3-1 to leapfrog the Giallorossi in the standings, so are hoping to ride that wave of enthusiasm.

However, many changes must be made, especially as Armin Bacinovic and Josip Ilicic are cup-tied with Antonio Nocerino suspended.

“It is inevitable I have to rotate the squad and we do have Napoli coming up this weekend. Some absences are forced upon me, so I must seek alternatives.

“We are not yet thinking about the game with Napoli, though. We will field the most logical team tomorrow.”

A victory is essential, as Palermo are in third place in Group F with just three points from four games.

Sparta Prague have seven and CSKA Moscow are in front on 12, a 100 per cent record.

When these sides met in Prague in the opening round, Sparta emerged with a dramatic 3-2 victory.

Palermo squad: Benussi, Di Gregorio, Sirigu; Balzaretti, Bovo, Cassani, Garcia, Glik, Goian, Munoz, Prestia; Ardizzone, Joao Pedro, Kasami, Liverani, Migliaccio, Pastore, Rigoni; Maccarone, Miccoli, Pinilla