Sunday October 20 2019
Maran: 'Raised Cagliari expectations'

Rolando Maran and Cagliari are relishing the “raised expectations of our fans” as they aim to get back to winning ways against SPAL.

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The Sardinians are unbeaten in five, but the last two games were stalemates with Hellas Verona and Roma.

“It’s wonderful getting accustomed to the raised expectations of our fans, but we also know Serie A is a tough league and every game is a difficult one. We’ll give it heart and effort, as always,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“We know that we need to improve our results at home and are really hungry for three points at the Sardegna Arena. I think concentration is the real key.

“Radja Nainggolan did well as a trequartista behind the strikers against Roma, with some passes that showed his vision is superior to the norm. Obviously, we expect a lot from him, because he does belong at a different level.

“Every week represents a test and we need to show that our mentality is improving.”

The injury crisis continues, with Alessio Cragno, Leonardo Pavoletti, Federico Mattiello, Alessandro Deiola and Charalampos Lykogiannis out of action, but Joao Pedro has shaken off a back problem.

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