Monday October 24 2011
Colomba in disbelief at Parma defeat

Franco Colomba and Pietro Leonardi cannot believe that Parma lost to Atalanta on Sunday after the players put in their 'best first half display' for a while.

Parma recorded more than twice as many shots on goal than their opponents at the weekend, but a Maxi Moralez double earned the Orobici the three points and left Coach Colomba and sporting director Leonardi picking up the pieces.

Colomba led with the post-match analysis and the suggestion that his team were unfortunate not to record their third consecutive win.

"The draw would have been harsh to me, let alone the defeat. Today the ball did not go in. [However,] the continuity of performance that we believe in has arrived.

"We tried to break the deadlock but were unlucky. We had two, three clean chances in the first half to go ahead but we did not succeed and in the second half came the punishment.

"Despite their goals though, we tried to pick things up but it would not go in. I think we deserved at least a draw in the end. The desire to win has played a cruel joke on us."

Leonardi was similarly positive of the players' performance in spite of the result.

"We have produced so much to merit a different result. Sunday's was one of the best first halves I've ever seen since my first day at Parma. Wednesday we have a chance to turn things around."

The Gialloblu travel to San Siro to face defending League champions Milan in Week 9's midweek round.