Tuesday February 7 2012
Montella: Catania must focus

Vincenzo Montella has warned his Catania players that they must concentrate for each of the remaining 25 minutes of their abandoned fixture with Roma.

The original Week 18 game, played in mid-January, was called off with 65 minutes after heavy rain made the pitch unplayable.

The two clubs will now conclude the final 25 minutes plus any stoppage time from 8pm Italian time this Wednesday evening, in a match that Catania’s Coach Montella warns will be played at a fast pace. 

“It will be a different game from that abandoned in January,” suggested the former Roma Coach on Tuesday.

“It will be totally independent from what has happened in those first 65 minutes.

“If anything, I’d like to see the same attitude from my players, in terms of the determination and great care shown even when we were without the ball on that night.

“True, Roma is accustomed to immediately start the game strong, but we’re ready. I do not think that in 30 minutes you can fall back on the excuse of fatigue.

“Indeed, in the week, the day of most work [in training] is typically a Wednesday, so this is the best time to play a mini game of high intensity.

“My team selection will be influenced by disqualification, unavailability of the new signings and injuries - even Roma will be without two key players, especially for set-pieces, in [Francesco] Totti and [Daniele] De Rossi, but I would not have traded these absences for our own.”

Montella is unable to field all four of his January signings given they arrived after the original fixture was played, whilst Andrea Campagnolo and Ciro Capuano are absent through injury and Marco Biagianti and Giovanni Marchese through suspension.

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