Fabio Liverani expected ‘a rough start’ to the Serie A season after Parma’s 4-1 defeat to Bologna. ‘I was reassured by the directors that we will have a competitive squad.’
The Ducali have zero points after two games, with one goal scored and six conceded, but also show very few signs of the kind of football their new coach is trying to play.
“It all seems more difficult right now, but I think when you work in difficult situations, you can also take something positive from a defeat,” said Liverani in his press conference.
“The team played with heart and we had so many injured or barely fit, but our objective is to secure safety and we are still a work in progress right now.
“We had taken all this into account, realising our first few games were against well-drilled teams that haven’t changed much. We have only just started working together, so we were well aware it was going to be a rough start.”
Parma are still largely the same squad that played Roberto D’Aversa’s counter-attack football, so they are leaving it late to bring in players more suited to Liverani.
“It’s a tough situation, but I was reassured last night by the directors that we will have a competitive squad.”
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