Sunday May 5 2019
De Zerbi: 'Sassuolo future can wait'

Sassuolo Coach Roberto De Zerbi claims he isn’t thinking about his future at the club, but sees himself staying for a “long time.”

The Neroverdi are in 11th place in the table on 41 points and host a Frosinone side that are 11 points adrift of safety in 19th position.

“When I take a new job, I see myself there for a long time,” said the Coach ahead of the encounter with Frosinone.

“Although it doesn’t just depend on me, in the end, the club will decide what happens. I’m not thinking about my future, as I have a contract. Nobody has come to talk to me, I’m just focused on reaching the end of the season.

“After that, we can think about who stays or who arrives, but I don’t like to talk about what players we should look for, as we still have games left to play.

“We are not mathematically safe just yet. We want to win this game then try and pick up as many points as possible. We want to finish in the top half of the table as we deserve it on the field, we are good physically and mentally.”

The Neroverdi beat Fiorentina last week to climb into the top half of the table and face a Frosinone outfit that will be relegated if it doesn’t win today.

“Frosinone has picked up some unthinkable points away from home with Sampdoria, Fiorentina and Genoa, for example.

“It will be a tough game, but we will go into it with the utmost attention and desire to take the three points.”

The technician then talked of the growth of Domenico Berardi and Manuel Locatelli.

“If Berardi doesn’t reach 10 goals for the season, I will be angry, I already told him that. Some seasons you start off on the wrong foot and struggle, while in others if you start well, you must hit double figures.

“He has had a good season, playing at a high level, but he hasn’t scored enough goals for a player of his quality. I told him before the Fiorentina game that he will take our penalties until the end of the season.

“I said when he remembers the 2018-2019 season, he must see himself as scoring at least 10 goals, if he stays at seven or eight, he will think about it when he stops playing.

“Locatelli is already an important player, for what I have in mind though, he must improve as he is capable of playing for Milan or Juve if he grows.

“He has matured with us, but now he is suffering from a physical decline when he was in peak condition, he showed signs of improvement.

“If Manuel wants to regain his first team place, he must raise his levels again. I often talk to him as I want to help him reach his goal of playing for the top teams.”