Friday January 15 2021
Italiano: 'Spezia won't let our guard down'

Vincenzo Italiano has praised his Spezia for showing ‘character’ and hopes to see more of the same ‘spirit’ against Torino on Saturday.

Spezia picked up back-to-back wins in Serie A with a second 2-1 success against Sampdoria last time and sit 14th in Serie A after 17 games.

Italiano praised his team for having found a way ‘out of a negative period’ and spurred them on to continue down the same path.

“We hare very happy that we have come out of a negative moment by managing to bring out our character,” Italiano said at a press conference.

“It’s needed by the teams that go into a difficult period and they can also come into difficulty during the games.

“From this point of view, even temperamentally, we have something to offer. We were able to react to a negative period, where we were a little unrewarded from the point of view of results, even if the performances satisfied us.

“We take these two wins, which allow us to work in a certain way, with enthusiasm and with a different spirit compared to the negative moments.

“I’m convinced that I’m dealing with young and intelligent guys, they know that letting your guard down is dangerous.”

Italiano prepares for a stern test against Marco Giampaolo’s men in Turin and wants to see a focused Spezia.

“I hope that also tomorrow there will be great attention against a strong opponent,” he added. “We must approach this game well and continue with this spirit.

“When we approach the games with great attention, we are showing that we can also bring them home.”

Spezia come without leading goalscorer M’Bala Nzola, who is out injured, and Italiano hopes the 24-year-old centre-forward will recover soon.

“We hope he will recover faster than expected. M’Bala has a high pain threshold, I’m sure we can recover him sooner than initially expected.

“We have faced many games without him, it’s clear that in this moment, he’s our point of reference but whoever will replace him, knows that he needs to play a good game, go fast and knows that there’s a great chance to show his own value.”