Saturday February 27 2021
Italiano sees Spezia struggle with minnows

Spezia coach Vincenzo Italiano explains why they struggle more against Parma than Milan, while he warns against suggesting they are safe. 'I was twice relegated with 39 points...'

His team fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Parma thanks to an Emmanuel Gyasi brace, but repeated the trend of having a better record against the clubs in the top half of the table.

“We had started the way we did the second half against Fiorentina, too sluggish, but quality pays off eventually and we clawed it back for a draw,” Italiano told Sky Sport Italia.

“With a little more determination in front of goal, we could’ve scored a third, but I congratulate my lads because drawing in those circumstances was not easy.

“Our movement on the second goal was very strange and I don’t understand what happened. Fortunately, we were able to make up for it.”

This was the same starting XI that beat Milan 2-0, yet was trailing Parma 2-0 and only managed a 2-2 draw.

“Against the very big clubs, we are forced to approach the game in a certain way. In others, when we have the initiative and the opposition defend and counter, perhaps we’re not as effective.

“I know full well what can happen in Serie A, because I twice as a player was relegated with 39 points, having managed a wonderful first half to the season. So don’t tell me Spezia are safe with 25 points and I can assure you my players will always be concentrated to the end.

“It was my Verona in 2001-02, I still wake up thinking about it, even 20 years later. We had Adrian Mutu, Mauro Camoranesi, Alberto Gilardino, Paolo Cannavaro, Massimo Oddo…”