Tuesday March 2 2021
Semplici: 'Godin will be fundamental'

Cagliari coach Leonardo Semplici said Diego Godin will be ‘fundamental’ in the relegation battle. ‘He has experience and availability’.

The Rossoblu coach, who replaced Eusebio Di Francesco last month, started with a 2-0 win over Crotone last time.

Tomorrow, he prepares for his first home game in charge of the Casteddu, when Bologna arrive and the former SPAL coach leans on the more experienced players in the squad and praised former Inter defender Godin.

“He has experience and availability,” Semplici said at a press conference. “I didn’t know him personally.

“I’m happy to coach him, like other experienced players in the team, he will be fundamental.

“Already at Crotone the veterans helped those who aren’t used to these kinds of matches.

“That’s what I expect from him between now and the end of the season, because I know he can do it very well.”

Semplici admitted after the 2-0 win over Crotone that 'it was more psychological work than tactical’ and explained why he gathered the players in a circle after the win.

“As for the gesture at the end of the game, I always did that with SPAL too,” he said. “I don’t like doing it before because we talk ahead of the match and in the end, the result remains.

“This is my way at the end of the match to stay close to them and to be united for the target.”