Wednesday March 2 2011
Amauri: I'll keep Parma up

Amauri has promised to keep Parma in the top flight after scoring two very important goals against Roma at the weekend.

The 30-year-old, who is on loan from Juventus, inspired a comeback from 2-0 down at the Olimpico, scoring a wonderful volleyed back heel.

His scrappy second ensured that Parma came away from the capital with a precious point, which keeps their hopes of survival alive.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, he said: "Pasquale Marino did well. During the interval he gave us a spark.

"I have a debt with everyone at Parma and I would like to repay it by scoring goals and giving a ruthlessness to a very technical but also inexperienced team.

"We will survive.

"I had got to know Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Candreva at Juve. I had spent time with Cristian Zaccardo and Marco Pisano at Palermo.

"Alessandro Lucarelli was with me at Piacenza."

Asked to reveal why he chose to stay in Italy, Amauri said: "I didn't have any attractive offers. And then Parma President Tommaso Ghirardi was very convincing.

"I understood that he wasn't bluffing and now I must thank him again. Ghirardi and Pietro Leonardi believed in me when it wasn't easy," he concluded.