Sunday March 15 2020
Zenga: 'Rules must be respected'

Cagliari coach Walter Zenga says “the rules must be respected” in relation to staying indoors during the Coronavirus lockdown in the country.

Zenga took over at the Rossoblu from Rolando Maran, but is yet to officially take charge of a game due to the virus forcing football to be stopped.

“Cagliari respect the rules, the national decree, the recommendations of the President of the region of Sardinia,” Zenga told local newspaper L’Unione Sarda.

“I don’t want to create problems or seem privileged, going from the hotel to the sports centre from morning to night.

“We must lead by example. I sincerely hope that the message that comes from our club can help us understand that we can all do something together, but only by observing the rules.”

Zenga was asked how he prepares his day with all of Italy in lockdown.

“My day is organised down to the smallest detail, with video sessions, the various clips of Cagliari’s previous matches, the video conferences with President Giulini and my staff.

“I think of preparing for training, studying how to get back on March 21. I want to be ready to take to the field.”

Zenga hasn’t coached in Serie A since being on the bench with Crotone in 2017-18, and says he didn’t hesitate to take the job.

“When he [President Giulini] called me I had no doubts about accepting the job. For me Cagliari is not only a starting point, but an important step in my life.

“They are a top-level team, a team that has ambitions, starting with the construction of the stadium. Giulini has done and is doing a fantastic job.”

When Serie A finally resumes, how does Zenga see his Cagliari playing?

“I wish my team had the strength to play at three thousand mile an hour, showing a sense of belonging, professionalism and rigor. The group is large, but also united.

“We must not think only of the problem, of the result. We must live negative experiences as growth, an engine that helps us to start again.”