Coach Ranieri before Sassuolo-Cagliari

First Team - 17/05/2024

‘We arrive at this match mentally and physically charged up: the Milan match is behind us, they were better than us, but the team still ran and fought. Only Makoumbou and Jankto did not train this week, they will be out for the next two matches. Otherwise we’re fine. As requested by the team before yesterday’s training session, we’ll go into training camp starting this evening,’ said coach Ranieri two days before the challenge in Reggio Emilia.’

‘The boys are not machines, they can make mistakes in their approach, in the race. At that point it is up to me to make the appropriate corrections. But in every game we have to take the field to do our best possible performance: our fans have to be proud of us, regardless of the result.’

‘Sassuolo is a team with excellent quality, not used to being in that position in the standings. We will have to play our game: respect them, play a vibrant, strong game, with determination and quality. We won’t have to be timid, but proactive. Compared to the first match, as well as changing some interpreters, Sassuolo could change their playing form: the usual one or the one used more by their coach Ballardini. We are ready for both situations.’

‘I expect a great performance from my boys. A gutsy match, full of desire to bring home the full result. It won’t be easy, but that’s what we have to do. Also out of respect for our fans: as it was against Bari, we know that we have a whole island behind us. With us on Sunday there will be over 3,000 fans, this will give us even more strength, courage and motivation’.

‘Mancosu is back even though he obviously hasn’t played 90 minutes yet. We know how important Viola is, having him back gives us even more strength. Pavoletti? If I need him he’ll be there.’

‘The non-simultaneity of the matches? For me it is something very wrong, in the last three matches the teams fighting for the same goal should all play at the same time, otherwise it is not correct’.

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