Sunday February 5 2012
Ballardini: 'Novara harder than Roma'

Davide Ballardini’s Cagliari are fresh from thrashing Roma 4-2, but he fears bottom of the table Novara more. “There are no easy games in Italy.”

The Sardinians have beaten Roma both home and away this season, while they also took points off leaders Juventus.

“There are no easy games in Italy. Novara picked up points against important clubs like Inter, while their artificial turf represents another danger. The bounce and speed of the ball are completely different to a classic surface.

“We played on Wednesday evening, but I don’t see anyone suffering from fatigue in my squad. Everyone has to feel they are important in this squad.”

Ballardini will have to do without the suspended trequartista Andrea Cossu, so this could mean changing tactics.

“We do not have another player with his characteristics, so something inevitably changes without Cossu. One day, if he works hard, Pablo Ceppelini could get close to Andrea, as he has technique and also fights to the end for the team.”

However, for now it looks as if Albin Ekdal will step into the trequartista role.

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