Saturday February 22 2020
Di Biagio: 'SPAL could not have done more'

SPAL coach Gigi Di Biagio “could not have asked for more” from his squad after a 2-1 home defeat to Juventus. “This team has not given up hope.”

The Spallini have lost five Serie A games in a row, including both of Di Biagio’s matches since replacing Leonardo Semplici.

“I congratulate my lads, as they did everything I asked, which was courage, hard work, passing channels,” Di Biagio told Sky Sport Italia.

“You can’t make a single mistake against Juventus and we got too stretched out in the second half, but I reiterate the players did everything I asked.

“I saw a team that is alive and kicking, wants to play football and doesn’t look like it has given up hope. We need a victory and so I cannot be happy with the lack of points today, but I could not have asked for more today, to be honest.

“We conceded the first goal because of a calculated risk, we wanted to be tight in midfield and knew there was always a chance they could put a ball over the top. Some players should’ve read that situation quicker.

“We must still remain organised and compact throughout the match, especially against a team like this. We changed system after many years this team had the same approach, Mirko Valdifiori is dictating the tempo from the midfield and is doing it well.

“If we can play like this against teams more on our level, then we can still have our say, even if there’s a growing gap back there.”

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