Sunday January 24 2021
D'Aversa demands Parma reinforcements

Roberto D’Aversa warns tonight’s 2-0 defeat to Sampdoria ‘proves the club needs to intervene on the transfer market’ and explains why he came back to Parma.

The Ducali were dealing with a huge injury crisis, yet were still unfortunate not to take something from the game, as they hit the woodwork twice.

“This game proves the club needs to intervene on the transfer market, because we were struggling even to make substitutions,” D’Aversa told Sky Sport Italia.

“Having said that, we also have to accept that we basically created the goals ourselves. If we are in the bottom three, there must be a reason. We have to eliminate these errors.”

When told Parma had again not played badly, but were unlucky, D’Aversa was in no mood to accept.

“If we keep end up saying the same things, recriminating over the results we deserved and did not get, it can’t just be bad luck. It’s because we are not decisive enough and don’t take our chances. There is this fragility on a psychological level that we have to work on.”

D’Aversa had taken Parma to three consecutive promotions following bankruptcy and was fired last summer, but recalled to replace Fabio Liverani.

“I came back because together we took Parma from Serie C up to Serie A, securing safety in the top flight twice. Last season, we finished level on points with Parma and Fiorentina.

“I felt the need to protect and nurture what we created here, because I do feel that there is something of me in this squad. It’s a tough situation, but all the years I was at Parma, I don’t think I ever had a situation that wasn’t tough.”