The coach spoke at the press conference two days before the Dall’Ara match
La Cremonese is a guest on Monday at 18.30 of Thiago Motta’s Bologna, who is eleventh in the standings. After the success on penalties in the Coppa Italia at Napoli on Tuesday, the coach Davide Ballardini presents the match in the press conference thus: “It’s been a bit of a strange week, we arrived on Sunday and we only trained with those who didn’t he played on Saturday. Then on Monday we did a refinement, then the match… Today is more or less the third training done together with the team. The feeling is what I also told the boys, we are dealing with a serious group , they are serious, humble and generous guys. It seems to me they also have qualities, I also see a lot of motivation to do better, they want to do well, so much so that even if we haven’t trained much enough, they always give me good sensations and have good workouts. in summary what has been so far. What prompted me to embrace the Cremonese project? Embracing the project is a term that scares me because it’s not a usual term in Serie A, it’s true. The conviction came because technically we understood me and my staff, it seems that the team has some interesting guys. The squad is a team that is interesting for us to coach and I also think a team that can compete. The other aspect is the people: we spoke to people like Giaccatta, Armenia and il Cavaliere. An important aspect is the seriousness of the people who work here”.
“I never talk about who preceded me – continues the grey-red coach -, we arrived and found great availability. It seems to me that the team is physically well and that there are all the conditions to do our best from now on, then there are difficulties and you know it very well, but with these premises the difficulties can be overcome. The team is physically and mentally well, despite the clear situation for now. The market? Yes, we have identified which roles could be where we lack certain characteristics It’s not easy, but if it’s possible we’ll strengthen the team with a defender with different characteristics, a midfielder with different characteristics to the ones we have and then see what the market offers.In January it’s difficult to take guys who come from another world and place them here in our league and get good results straight away. You have to consider that too. We trained for a short time and therefore we worked on principles such as the ball, space, opponent and compactness. In the offensive phase you need to have clear references to restart the action. We will continue to move forward on these bases to become better and better”.
“Am I in a complicated environment? Here are – explains Ballardini -, or at least we as staff have huge expectations. We find them within us. Every time we go to train it’s really a challenge, our assessment is the the relationship with the players and the goals to be achieved. The players you had in Genoa? I know them, but benefit from everyone’s total availability. If you do it like this, it’s quick, we’re together a lot and so it’s true that with Ghiglione, Zanimacchia, We know Vasquez and for Radu the situation is different, I found them as I left them and besides them there are guys who are very easy to understand due to the good qualities they have as people and players. What game awaits me on Monday? easy matches, the championship is very difficult. There are teams that are very well trained. We are however able to face them in the best way, Bologna have quality, quick players and they have experience behind them. They are having a camp Excellent player, but for me Cremonese can play their game with their qualities knowing they have a well-equipped team in front of them. Benassi? He’s fine, he trained with us, tomorrow we have the last training session but the feeling is that he’s fine and could be available. There is and we’re glad he’s here.”
“The boys are serious, generous and humble – he continues -. You really need to be close to each other. Then you train and you have to go fast in all the training sessions and up to now they’ve always done it, there’s no there are other ways. Clearly, if you are lacking in this, it takes much more effort. Cremonese have a good base, having serious players who want to work hard, aware that things like this are not going well makes me think better. The fan-team relationship? For me, Cremona and the Cremonese are an example of how you have to live affection for the team. It is clear that the team must in turn give strong signals to those who love them. However, this is a situation and it seems to me that there have not been major problems because on the one hand the fans know that those who play for Cremonese give their all and are sorry if things don’t go well.On the other hand there are players who are aware that they have to give some satisfaction. To me this is a good and clean example of how it must be the relationship between the team and the fans, even in experiencing delicate football situations. The identity is given by the characteristics of the players. If the team was built for a certain type of football, you can’t go there and overturn everything by penalizing many players because they have different characteristics. Compatibly with the characteristics that exist in the team, we try to be very clear, expect and respect the characteristics of the players. For example, this team has 6-7 central defenders and in this case if you play 4 in defense you penalize 4-5 and that too needs to be evaluated. But we are happy with the players we have.”
January 21, 2023 (change January 21, 2023 | 1:38 pm)
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