Saturday March 24 2012
Mutti 'thought Palermo had won'

Bortolo Mutti cannot hide his disappointment that Palermo conceded a late Udinese equaliser “when we were convinced we’d won the game.”

The Rosanero had one point from the last four rounds and were leading through Fabrizio Miccoli until Gabriel Torje sealed the 1-1 draw six minutes from time.

“It’s a shame to have conceded when we were convinced we’d won the game. Perhaps we did deserve to win, but are content with this point against a talented side like Udinese,” said the Coach.

“We were without quite a few players and have to find a certain balance on the field. I think we’re on the right track to do well until the end of the season.”

Mutti was asked what it felt like to be under pressure with the risk of the sack over him every week.

“We know and live with it. This is football. I’d like to say Palermo are different from previous years, as we want to help young players grow and end the campaign as best we can.

“I care about my players and always want to help them. Josip Ilicic? He came on in the most difficult moment of the match and probably struggled to get into the game straight away. That is all, he’ll do better next week.

“Everyone felt the fatigue as the second half wore on. Giulio Migliaccio played with a pain-killing injection, while Massimo Donati has not rested for months and he too is beginning to tire. We paid for that in the end.”

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