Saturday February 15 2020
Di Biagio: 'SPAL safety not crazy'

Gigi Di Biagio maintains SPAL “deserved more” from their loss to Lecce, but hasn’t lost hope. “Talking about safety might seem crazy, but I’ve seen crazy things.”

This was the former Italy Under-21 coach’s first ever Serie A game as a tactician, replacing sacked Leonardo Semplici on the bench.

Although Andrea Petagna had equalised at the dawn of the second half, Zan Majer sealed the 2-1 Lecce victory after a Marco Mancosu penalty.

“We created several good scoring opportunities and in my view deserved a lot more than to emerge empty-handed, so it’s reductive to say we just showed grit and determination,” Di Biagio told Sky Sport Italia.

“We must continue to focus on the work we did during the week, the concepts I tried to introduce. It’s a difficult situation, there’s no denying that, but we have to hope others slip up and more importantly that we pick up a lot of points quickly.

“Coming here and taking the initiative for long periods is very pleasing, but as we didn’t get any points for it, this is all redundant. I had limited options in attack and had to retain someone on the bench to shake things up later.”

SPAL are rock bottom on 15 points, with four wins, three draws and 17 defeats.

“Talking about safety in this situation might seem crazy, but I’ve seen some crazy things in my career and I know anything can happen. I do not believe SPAL are in any way inferior to Brescia, Genoa and Lecce. Not at all.”

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