Thursday February 18 2021
Di Francesco must assess Nainggolan

Cagliari coach Eusebio Di Francesco said the Rossoblu ‘obviously want to beat’ Torino on Friday and hopes to have Radja Nainggolan available.

The Rossoblu are desperate for points and hopes to have Radja Nainggolan and Luca Ceppitelli on the pitch for the six-pointer against Torino tomorrow.

“For Nainggolan, we’ll wait for training tonight,” Di Francesco said at a press conference. “Both him and Ceppitelli trained with the team and I hope to recover them and maybe even field both of them.”

A win against the Granata would see Cagliari climb out of the relegation zone, but a defeat will increase the gap up to safety to five points.

“I don’t want to hear only cosmic pessimism,” the coach added. “Right now, the group need positivity.

“It’s obviously a very important match. But let’s not talk in or out, it’s still early. There are 15 games left. Obviously we want to win.
“I must say the spirit of the group is how I like it. The desire to fight despite the results not having arrived is there and it shows.

“In the last period, I have seen attention and desire to train.”