Saturday February 16 2013
Malesani: 'Palermo can survive'

Alberto Malesani faces his former club Chievo today and hopes to find light at the end of the Palermo tunnel. “Safety is possible.”

The Sicilians are propping up the Serie A table despite Siena’s six-point penalty and Malesani became their third Coach of the campaign after Giuseppe Sannino and Gian Piero Gasperini.

They now travel to the Stadio Bentegodi in Verona for the 17.00 GMT kick-off. Click here for a match preview.

“I don’t think we will see any tactical changes, as I liked the way the 3-5-2 system worked against Pescara,” he said of last week’s 1-1 on his debut.

“Plus we’ll have Fabrizio Miccoli at our disposal against Chievo. He is a very important player, returns with great motivation and he will certainly drag us towards our objective. Safety is possible.

“We have worked on the psychological situation within the team, thanks also to the help of President Maurizio Zamparini and director Giorgio Perinetti. We are a compact group and our objective is to get out of this situation.”

Malesani is facing his former club, as he started his coaching career at Chievo in the youth academy, then as assistant manager and eventually head Coach from 1993 to 1997.

“Chievo are not relaxed, as in the battle for safety you can only relax once it is mathematically certain. I imagine they have their fears and certainties, so it is up to us to find their limitations.”

Palermo squad for Chievo: Benussi, Brichetto, Sorrentino; Aronica, Dossena, Garcia, Morganella, Munoz, Nelson, Von Bergen; Anselmo, Barreto, Donati, Faurlin, Formica, Ilicic, Kurtic, Rios, Viola; Boselli, Dybala, Fabbrini, Miccoli, Sperduti

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