Sunday November 11 2018
Ventura: 'Didn't expect Chievo difficulties'

Giampiero Ventura “didn’t expect all these difficulties” on the Chievo bench, but trusts in a positive result against Bologna.

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Since replacing sacked Lorenzo D’Anna, former Italy CT Ventura has lost all three games, scoring two goals and conceding nine.

“I was convinced we’d get a result against Sassuolo, because we had everything in place to do so,” said Ventura of the 2-0 defeat.

“I am sure that we’ve got a great chance to do well against Bologna too, but I’m well aware that my words are worth nothing, all results are earned on the pitch.”

Chievo started the season from -3 points due to financial irregularities and are still in the negative, having managed only two draws and nine defeats.

“The situation before I arrived was truly negative in every way and to be honest I didn’t expect all these difficulties either. Despite that, the motivation to test your limits is always exciting and I am never afraid of any challenge.

“This performance will tell us if we are working in the right way and if there have been steps forward, but it is not a crossroads for our campaign.

“We want to make our fans proud, but at the same time we need their support during difficult moments.”

Nicola Rigoni, Manuel Pucciarelli, Fabrizio Cacciatore, Nenad Tomovic, Filip Djordjevic and Pawel Jaroszynski are all out of action.

Ventura gave 21-year-old Serbian centre-back Strahinja Tanasijevic his Serie A debut against Sassuolo, but he lasted just 17 minutes before receiving his second yellow card and is subsequently suspended.

Chievo squad for Bologna: Seculin, Sempre, Sorrentino; Bani, Barba, Cesar, Depaoli, Rossettini; Birsa, Burruchaga, Giaccherini, Hetemaj, Kiyine, Obi, Radovanivic; Grubac, Juwara, Leris, Meggiorini, Pellissier, Stepinski, Vignato

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