Tuesday July 7 2020
D'Aversa: 'Parma and Roma want change'

Parma need to ‘change the trend’ after three consecutive defeats, said coach Roberto D’Aversa, as they visit equally-troubled Roma. ‘It’s down to who wants it more.’

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“We were eager to change the trend against Fiorentina too, even if that wasn’t entirely obvious from our first half performance,” said the coach in his press conference.

“We are coming off three completely different defeats, as in the first two we did perform, whereas I think we were a little mentally fatigued against Fiorentina. It wasn’t physical, because we played better in the second half.

“Now we must recharge our batteries and do everything we can to turn this around. We mustn’t get accustomed to the idea of defeat. I told the players quite simply that a team like ours cannot lose most of the take-ons the way we did in the first half with Fiorentina. That has always been our DNA, that we take an aggressive approach.

“I told the lads not to create alibis, as we are the only ones to blame and we have to take responsibility for improving the situation. We had the fifth-best defensive record in Serie A, now that has deteriorated and with it our results.”

Parma aren’t the only side to have struggled since the lockdown, as tomorrow’s opponents Roma have also lost three on the bounce.

“They too will want to change the trend, even if their targets are very different to ours this season,” continued D’Aversa.

“Roma used a different tactical approach against Napoli with three at the back, although when going forward, they always did leave three there. With the difference in quality, it’ll all come down to who wants it more, is more determined on the pitch.

“We can’t decide the result, but we can end the game knowing we have no regrets, that we gave everything we had. That is what we’ve lost lately.”

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