Tuesday September 20 2011
Cellino realistically reflects on Cagliari

Massimo Cellino has spoken this week on Cagliari's start to the season, an important anniversary, and his plans for a new stadium.

The Cagliari President took a realistic look at his club's positive start to the season, that on Saturday night after two wins from two, saw them top the table for the first time in 41 years, since the days of Gigi Riva.

"It is forbidden to dream. I'd be more excited if we find ourselves in second place in the penultimate week. This is only a beginning, just 180 minutes of play."

Cellino suggested to Il Corriere dello Sport that the true test of the team's capabilities will come in the following rounds, starting with Wednesday's trip to Sicily.

"Palermo is a very good team, very competitive, physically prepared, better prepared than Cagliari since they started the season before us.

"We're going to Sicily to give our best. Then we'll have Udinese [on Sunday], another team that started the season before Cagliari, another strong, competitive opponent."

The President also spoke of the lack of investment in the team, and the early reliance on the players who were at the club last season, as opposed the summer signings.

"[The lack of spending is] realism. We are now playing and getting results with the 'old'. The 'new' have yet to integrate into Italian football.

"Here, the potential of players who have entered this year's squad has yet to be seen, they have not been put in place."

This season will mark the completion of 20th year of Cellino's reign as club President.

"To tell the truth, the celebrations have already begun. This is my 20th season. Of course, I bought the club on June 10, 1992, but the anniversary is already underway.

"As for a gift, the players, coaching team and fans are already giving it to me."

Cellino has been in dispute with Cagliari's council over a proposed new stadium for the club in recent years.

It is almost exactly a year ago that he unveiled his latest intentions to finance and build a new ground for the Isolani, and Cellino suggested, when prompted, that this could be his gift to celebrate his anniversary.

"This yes. I also want to get into another dimension, and for this we are working, but the leap in quality is critical to the new stadium.

"You can put our people in a position to give them the satisfaction that football deserves.

"The survival of the club over the next decade is linked to the new facility. This is not speculation, this is a necessity.

"As a team, we play a sort of Champions League final, and we are in the last 10 minutes. But those 10 minutes never end.

"We have done everything by the rules. If they give me the green light, I could open a new ground by Christmas."

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