Sunday March 4 2012
Ballardini fuelled by Cagliari anger

Davide Ballardini hopes Cagliari can feed off their “anger” at a recent defeat in order to play today’s relegation dogfight with Siena.

The Sardinians risk being dragged back into the drop zone after their surprise home loss at the hands of Lecce.

“This is a time of emergency and difficulty, so we all have to band together and do better, starting from their Coach,” said Ballardini.

“Andrea Cossu is in the squad, but still behind in his fitness levels, while Mauricio Pinilla is out of action. We have to evaluate Alessandro Agostini and Nene.”

Michele Canini also misses out due to a one-match ban.

“This is an important match. Siena are physical and compact, while they have young talents in attack. We will in any case be prepared, as we must be quick and balanced.

“The problem against Lecce was that we were neither fast nor sharp. We are angry at that result and we will use that anger in the next game, then for the rest of the season.”

Cagliari squad: Agazzi, Avramov; Agostini, Ariaudo, Astori, Gozzi, Perico, Pisano; Bovi, Ceppelini, Conti, Cossu, Dessena, Ekdal, Nainggolan; Ibarbo, Larrivey, Nenè, Thiago Ribeiro

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