Sunday February 6 2011
Rossi: 'Miccoli wasn't traumatised'

Delio Rossi explains why he substituted Fabrizio Miccoli, who seemed to be almost traumatised by scoring against his hometown club.

Miccoli equalised before half-time with a wonderful free kick and not only did he not celebrate, but he seemed distraught and was replaced at the break.

“No, the substitution was entirely down to a technical decision,” assured Palermo Coach Rossi after the 4-2 victory.

“At the end of the first half he seemed a little static and I decided to change him. Obviously playing in Lecce is not a game like every other for Fabrizio, but he did his part. If he wasn't prepared for that, then I would not have fielded him.”

Lecce were leading twice before Josip Ilicic came off the bench to turn the game around.

“This match had a thousand variables. It was our ninth game in a month with many of the same players and we're not accustomed to that kind of fixture list.

“I had to look at it from a distance, as I knew this would be a battle to the 90th minute.”

Palermo are now in fifth place and could challenge for the Champions League spots.

“We have the quality, even if we occasionally lose a bit too often. We have to build our future one game at a time, without looking at the table.”