ALEXANDRIA. Move the ranking before the stop. With this goal, the grays face Ternana today at Liberati, another newly promoted player who, like Perugia, is playing a good level championship.
For Mr. Longo’s boys it will be important to have put aside the double backlash collected first with Frosinone and then with Monza: 6 goals conceded, none scored and a ranking that demonstrates how salvation will pass above all from the batch of home games scheduled after the stop. «The team is clear that it is suffering because it would like to collect more: mentally, however, it is charged because it has a specific responsibility and feels it – Longo attacks decisively -: we will have to be good at gathering the last remaining energy. However, I know the DNA of this team which is always working with great commitment to achieve the final goal. What is certain is that in order to maintain the category we will need to do something special in these matches that are missing at the end of the championship. The most formidable opponent? I fear all those who are in the race with us, it becomes difficult to identify a single direct competitor ».
Prestia and his teammates will have to deal with the absences including that of the former Parodi due to disqualification which will oblige Mr. Longo, for the umpteenth time since the start of the season, to make almost obligatory choices, at least in defense. He recovers Coccolo but caution is a must: «The difficulty of him will be the minutes – underlines the coach – he returns after almost two months of absence. The culture of alibis, however, does not belong to us and even in an emergency we will have to bring out the best: this is a situation that must make those who take the field even more responsible in the place of unavailable teammates “
For sure there will be rotations in midfield (Casarini could catch his breath) while in attack Marconi is the one with the most chance of leading the attack on Iannarilli’s goal: the center forward is the one who can benefit from Lunetta’s return to the starting eleven, at the ex Reggiana the task of delivering some dangerous cross for the attacker.
If the grays have something to complain about the absences, even the Umbrians are not in great shape: out of the defender Sorensen and the midfielder Agazzi for disqualification, perhaps the most important element in the economy of the game of the “fere” ended ko due to injury (and related knee surgery) is the Uruguayan playmaker Falletti who showed the green mice in Alexandria on the first leg. “It is true that Ternana is also in an emergency – Longo points out – but their changes are of an absolute level: let’s think of the squad of forwards, whoever is on the bench would be the owner almost anywhere”. Another important variable will be on a tactical level: while the mandrogni will line up with 3-4-3 Lucarelli is leafing through the daisy.
He recently switched to 3-5-2 which he could use today too: the alternative is a “Christmas tree” deployment with Donnarumma as the only attacking terminal. Longo does not trust: «We will find an opponent with a knife in his teeth who will want to consolidate his ranking even more against the fifth from last. Tactically they used various modules, they often change even during the game and we will have to be good and chameleonic in taking the right countermeasures by quickly reading the development of the game. In midfield and in attack they have excellent elements, they have also strengthened in defense and the classification does not reveal their real value ». Finally, Longo asks the most cynical about him in the offensive phase.