Saturday December 14 2013
Donadoni marks Parma Centenary

Roberto Donadoni hopes to mark Parma’s Centenary celebrations with victory over Cagliari, but has to revamp his midfield.

This very special game kicks off at the Stadio Tardini on Sunday at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

The club was founded on December 16 1913, so players will wear special jerseys representing the historic shirts representing the Ducali.

“We trained well this week, knowing Cagliari are difficult opponents,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“The Sardinians have always had great temperament, can close down spaces and then really hurt you on the counter-attack. We must be wary and put in a strong performance.

“I am pleased to see so much passion around the team and knowing it is a special occasion will add further motivation. We all care about this game, but at the same time must remember Cagliari are very motivated too.

“Therefore we’ve got to try to isolate ourselves from everything going on around us and stay focused on the football.

“We’ll be without Walter Gargano, as he still hasn’t recovered from the injury at San Siro, while Marco Parolo is suspended. I expect answers from those players who haven’t had as much time this season.

“Players have to take the chances that are afforded to them. Just look at Nicola Sansone, who three weeks ago was barely used and was able to make the most of his opportunity.”

Parma squad for Cagliari: Acquah, Amauri, Bajza, Benalouane, Biabiany, Cassani, Cassano, Coric, Felipe, Gobbi, Lucarelli, Marchionni, Mauri, Mendes, Mesbah, Mirante, Munari, Obi, Paletta, Palladino, Rosi, Sansone, Valdes