Friday July 10 2020
Lopez: 'Not Brescia's last chance'

Diego Lopez claims Brescia are ‘giving everything we have’ to stay up and points out the positive ‘desire and enthusiasm’ he has seen in the group ahead of Saturday’s match against Roma.

Bresica sit second to bottom in Serie A, seven points behind safety, but can take confidence from going two games unbeaten at the Rigamonti.

Lopez doesn’t think the match on Saturday presents the last chance to keep up with the teams above the relegation zone.

“No, there are six more games remaining, so it’s still open,” Lopez said at a press conference. “Our biggest regret is the penalty against Genoa, which reopened the whole game. In the rest, we gave everything we had.

“I made the best team play, I gave those who were better for those games the chance to play.”

Asked if Venezuelan defender Jhon Chancellor could stop Bosnia international Edin Dzeko on Saturday, Lopez replied: “In my opinion, it’s not right to talk about Chancellor stopping Dzeko.

“He’s a footballer who knows how to play ball, but we’ll see during the game. Chancellor is fine, but I don’t know if I will use him to mark Dzeko.”

The Uruguayan coach has claimed Brescia have been eager to fight for survival since the resumption.

“I think it has been a good period, I have seen a desire to do well from the beginning. They want to demonstrate that you must enter the pitch with everything you have.

“I see a team with great desire and a lot of enthusiasm. These two elements can make the difference.”

Lopez had claimed the Rondinelle had a bigger chance of picking up points against Hellas Verona and Torino, and collected three from those two games, but insists to try against a side like Roma too.

“I said it and I stand by it, but it doesn’t mean that now that we face Roma, we won’t present ourselves.”

Lopez accepts that he risks losing his job if the results don’t go his way and knows he will be under pressure until the season is over.

“This question has been asked before, the answer is always the same. The tests are there every Sunday, even on Wednesday, until the end of the championship.”

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