NEWS
Monday October 21 2019
Corini admits Balotelli doubts

Brescia Coach Eugenio Corini reveals Mario Balotelli is in doubt to feature against Fiorentina this evening. “We want to give the home fans a win.”

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This has been a longer break for international duty than usual for Brescia, as their game with Sassuolo was postponed to December due to the death of Neroverdi patron Giorgio Squinzi.

“I changed the training regime and we’ll see how the lads react after this long break, because 95 minutes in a competitive match are very different to a friendly,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella joked that he wanted Balotelli to suffer from flu and miss this game, but it proved to be a little close to home.

“It’s an understandable joke, just as we hoped Federico Chiesa would be out for longer after international duty. Balotelli had a slight knee problem, he had treatment and I’ll have to evaluate him.

“We need to do better on home turf, though we’ve been a little unlucky so far in those fixtures. We’re coming off three consecutive defeats here, but want to give the fans a victory to cheer.

“Fiorentina play with two strikers who occupy the space in an unusual way, as Chiesa attacks the space, whereas Franck Ribery prefers to dribble and then go forward. They can hurt us if they find space to run into.

“Strategically, my tactics have strengths, but also weaknesses. The regret is that we made mistakes in defence and are still getting accustomed to the different pace of the game in Serie A.”

Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali made his senior Italy debut this week in a 5-0 win over Liechtenstein.

“I am happy for him, as he showed what he can do and it’s another step in the growth process,” continued Corini.

“It’s important to always keep within you that child who dreamed of playing football and enjoyed himself on the pitch.”

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