Monday April 28 2014
Di Francesco 'can't park the bus'

Eusebio Di Francesco praised Sassuolo’s performance against Juventus and warned “I can’t park the bus.”

The Neroverdi had taken the lead through Simone Zaza, but eventually lost 3-1 in a hard-fought game.

“I can only compliment my lads on their performance, determination and mentality,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

However, he was irritated at the free kick that led up to Carlos Tevez’s equaliser, as it was taken from the wrong position and possibly with the ball in motion.

“I want to see the goal again, because the free kick was taken quickly in the wrong position. All my players told me they were out of position. Tiny details make the difference in football and against Juve we couldn’t get away with anything.

“I am happy with the performance against a great team. With this mentality and desire then I am convinced we can achieve safety, but of course you need points and not just the performance.”

Di Francesco was sacked in January and recalled after Alberto Malesani lost all five matches in charge. Does he think Sassuolo could already have been safe with him permanently on the bench?

“I don’t have time to think about what has been. I have to focus on these three fundamental games. It’s not an easy calendar, but I am sure we’ll put in a great performance in Florence. We were also helped by the other teams losing this weekend.”

Sassuolo picked up only 14 points at the Mapei Stadium, so Di Francesco is glad two of the three remaining games are on their travels.

“We’ve got two out of three that are away now? Thank goodness! We have to look to our own strengths rather than the weaknesses of others.”
Di Francesco is a former Roma midfielder who won the Scudetto in 2001, so hit back at suggestions from Rudi Garcia that smaller clubs are easy on Juve.

“We tried, aside from the chatter beforehand. I have a mentality and try to bring it forward here at Sassuolo. We play every game trying to win and to take the initiative. This wasn’t the clichéd approach of a small team facing the giants Juventus and trying to defend."

The Coach is an acolyte of Zdenek Zeman and plays 4-3-3, while in the second half tonight it moved to 4-2-4.

“I don’t know if this is unwise for an Italian team fighting for survival, but it’s the only style of football I know. Anyone who hires me knows what to expect and Sassuolo believed in me with our promotion from Serie B.

“Besides, recently we haven’t been conceding as many goals, as if the strikers work hard then we can play like this.

“To be honest, I just love this type of football, one with a team that is always attacking and creating. I can’t park the bus.”