Sunday December 4 2011
Mangia feels Palermo pressure

Devis Mangia insists he has “an excellent rapport” with Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini, but feels the pressure ahead of Parma tonight.

The patron warned they have to “resolve the travel taboo” that has seen the Sicilians fail to score a single goal away from home this season.

“We are a young side who have faced some very tough teams so far, including Lazio, Milan, Udinese, Roma and Juventus,” argued Mangia.

“We have the worst away record in Europe? I don’t think about such things. Don’t forget we are the same team who have earned 18 points from an available 18 on home turf.

“I have an excellent rapport with President Zamparini. We speak often and, whether you believe it or not, he always pushes me to make my own decisions.

“Football is a business now, so he is the boss and I am an employee. Therefore he can comment on how I perform, while I just have to stick to my work.”

There are further problems as they travel to the Tardini, because Fabrizio Miccoli and Abel Hernandez are out injured.

“I won’t complain. I have a squad that is eager to work and we’ll change our system, but in my view the starting XI are always the best in the world.”

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