Saturday February 15 2014
Lopez: 'Cellino still at Cagliari'

Diego Lopez maintains Massimo Cellino is still “the reference point” for Cagliari despite his Leeds deal.

The President agreed a deal to buy out 75 per cent of Leeds United and told English papers Cagliari were now in the past, as all he cared about was the Championship club.

“Obviously we hear the stories about the club, but we don’t think about them and try to do our work in the usual way,” said Coach Lopez in a Press conference.

“Besides, it’s all coming via the papers. My rapport with Cellino remains unchanged, we still speak often and he is still the reference point.

“If anything, the media are forgetting we’re still forced to play important games in a quarter of a stadium. This isn’t discussed anymore and that is very sad.”

Cagliari host Livorno in a relegation tussle on Sunday afternoon, click here for a match preview.

“It is a very important game, though there will be many more before the season is over,” continued Lopez.

“We need to go out there eager to win from the start, taking the initiative and wary not to concede on their counter-attacks. That is Livorno’s greatest threat, as they are so quick.”

Davide Astori has not been called up due to an injury, but Victor Ibarbo returns after emergency surgery to have his appendix removed.

Cagliari squad for Livorno: Avramov, Silvestri; Bastrini, Del Fabro, Murru, Oikonomou, Perico, Rossettini; Cabrera, Conti, Cossu, Dessena, Ekdal, Eriksson, Vecino; Adryan, Ibarbo, Nenè, Pinilla, Sau

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