Roberto D’Aversa marks his 100th appearance on the Parma bench, but rejects the tag of a defensive tactician as he takes on Lazio.
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“Lazio are a team who are strong in every area and with some excellent individuals, but we’ve already done well against other big clubs this season and can take the same approach,” said the tactician in his Press conference.
This will be D’Aversa’s 100th competitive game on the Parma bench, having taken them to promotion from Serie B last summer.
“It feels like the time has flown by, especially with the results we achieved together. It is pleasing to see my name linked with other clubs, but my only thought is on continuing the Parma project, as there is such history here.
“We should be proud to play at the Stadio Olimpico in front of such a big crowd and show no fear. I am amazed when I hear people call me a Catenaccio proponent, as some people have a distorted view of reality.”
Parma are without Antonino Barillà, Leo Stulac, Francisco Sierralta and suspended Matteo Scozzarella, while Lazio have top scorer Ciro Immobile sitting out a ban.
“Felipe Caicedo brings different characteristics to Lazio, but they’ve still won nine out of his 10 starts,” continued D’Aversa.
“They’ve retained the same structure as the side that came within minutes of securing a Champions League spot last season. On paper, Lazio are stronger, but we want to prove we’re not inferior and can take home the result.
“I don’t like it when people say we’ve got nothing to lose, because we have a lot to lose. If we think of approaching this game as if it doesn’t matter, then we’re getting it all wrong.”
Parma squad for Lazio: Brazao, Frattali, Sepe; Bruno Alves, Bastoni, Dimarco, Gagliolo, Gazzola, Gobbi, Iacoponi; Dezi, Diakhate, Kucka, Machin, Rigoni; Biabiany, Ceravolo, Davordzie, Gervinho, Inglese, Schiappacasse, Siligardi, Sprocati