Livorno Coach Davide Nicola slammed “hypocrites” who think their season has been a failure so far.
The Amaranto were promoted via the Serie B play-offs over the summer and are now third from bottom with 13 points from 16 games.
“To say our season has been a failure is wrong and anyone who says that is a hypocrite,” said Nicola after a 2-0 defeat to Lazio .
“We are here to secure Serie A safety, it doesn’t matter when that happens, as it could even be at the last minute of the last game.
“I remember full well that before the season everyone assumed we’d be relegated back down to Serie B. We were the hot favourites.
“Today we are there fighting, just one point from Sassuolo and two points from other teams. The only real anomaly on Sunday was that Lazio were on 17 points.”
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