Sunday October 25 2020
Italiano: 'Spezia angry or happy?'

Spezia coach Vincenzo Italiano admits he’s torn after a 2-2 draw away to Parma. ‘I don’t know if I should be angry or happy.’

It was an unlucky outing to the Stadio Tardini for Spezia, who had a 2-0 lead and hit the frame of the goal three times only to concede the equaliser with a soft stoppage-time penalty.

“I don’t know if I should be angry or happy with this result,” confessed the coach on Sky Sport Italia.

“The lads put in such a great performance despite a complicated week, where we had injuries and COVID to deal with. I want to compliment them on their performance, but then we were 2-0 up and had so many chances to kill the game.

“We are a newly-promoted club, with a very young squad, so naïve errors can happen. We’ve got to grow up quickly and gain the nous we are lacking right now.”

Italiano has already earned a reputation for his all-attack approach, asking Spezia to play out from the back and keep possession.

“Let’s just say that because I was a midfielder who liked to have the ball at his feet and play in the opposition half, that stuck with me,” smiled the former Chievo player.

“If you try to just defend constantly, you will pay for that in the long run, as we saw today that a goal can come out of nowhere. If the opponents force us back, that’s one thing, but our general idea is to keep the ball as far away from our own penalty area as possible.

“What we do need to do is be more effective when we create scoring opportunities.”