Saturday February 13 2021
De Zerbi: 'Sassuolo more than tiki-taka'

Roberto De Zerbi insists Sassuolo have more to their football than the ‘tiki-taka’ approach as they visit Crotone tomorrow.

It kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“There’s still a long way to go this season. We have been through, and indeed are still in, a difficult moment, but there are signs we’re going towards the light at the end of the tunnel,” the coach told Sassuolo Channel.

“I see improvements in fitness levels and injuries. I think we’ll soon get back to being the team we were accustomed to seeing over the last two to three years.

“Ciccio Caputo’s fitness statistics are so much better than 15-20 days ago, while Gregoire Defrel, Filip Djuricic and Junior Traore are doing better too. We lost Jeremie Boga, but have Domenico Berardi back.

“There are elements to think we are on the right track to very soon become the team we were at the start of the season. We just have to accept that it’s impossible to always be at 100 per cent.”

The most unusual thing about Sassuolo’s current form is the lack of goals, considering they were almost famous for thrillers.

“Sassuolo have scored a lot of goals over the last three years, so when I say we’re not as sharp as usual, I mean in our finishing too,” continued De Zerbi.

“People judge Sassuolo by this tiki-taka style horizontal passes to build out from the back, yet we can also score goals like Caputo against Spezia when it’s basically straight from the goalkeeper. We can and should do both.

“Crotone are bottom of the table, but they are a good team who know what to do on the pitch. It’s an important match for both sides and it’s important for us to seek three points with our identity.”

Vlad Chiriches is injured and Gian Marco Ferrari suspended, so Federico Peluso will play tomorrow.