Sunday May 12 2019
Lecce: 'We deserved promotion'

Lecce achieved back-to-back promotions from Serie C to A, as Coach Fabio Liverani and President Saverio Sticchi Damiani look to a bright future.

The Giallorossi were promoted back to Serie A for the first time since the 2011-2012 season, and Liverani was elated.

“Our promotion was well deserved. I never had any doubts about that direction that this team was heading in. Our high-level performances made me comfortable, the team made a great journey of quality and growth.

“I wasn’t afraid after the Padova loss, promotion depended on us and I was calm, as I trust these boys. Our nine consecutive wins at home gave us a boost in the league table.

“It is right to enjoy this moment, celebrate, and then plan for Serie A. Coming back to win against Venezia was the first turning point for us this season, after that our growth was continuous.

“Maybe some players dropped their levels a little bit, but they worked hard and regained that momentum.

“It is very difficult to stay up in Serie A, but this club is solid and can stay up with help from the fans.”

Lecce President Saverio Sticchi Damiani also spoke in the post-match Press conference.

“Extraordinary emotions, nothing was handed to us, we have won everything ourselves against all odds.

“I was hoping for a quiet season, I never thought that in a league so full of big teams we could finish so high up the table.

“This was the best birthday of my life. We deserve promotion, we played a clean championship both on the field and in the running of the club.”