Luca Gotti’s Spezia certainly have the most complicated commitment of all Serie A teams: to stop Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli. And half the team is injured, including…the coach, back from hip surgery…
Luca Gotti’s Spezia certainly have the most complicated commitment of all Serie A teams: to stop Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli, launched towards the Scudetto with a sidereal advantage over their direct competitors. In the press conference, the coach of the Ligurians explains how to prepare for such a match.
The operation and the market
Starting from the fact that it hasn’t been an easy week for him, with the hip operation that kept him away from the field… “The operation took place on Monday, I forced the timing because I wanted to be on the field today with the boys, going to the retreat and preparing for the match with the team and with my staff. It’s not so obvious that I’ll be able to go on the bench, unfortunately the Peak doesn’t help us with logistics so it might not be very simple. But I wanted to be there , I saw all the training sessions remotely, but the contact and proximity given by my presence today was needed”. Then a judgment on the market. “It leads you to not fully satisfy what is needed, you don’t have the alternatives you wanted. You have to look for new balances, but the fact that the club has made an effort for Shomurodov is significant.” Speaking of the Uzbek, one can also imagine him on the pitch. “He hasn’t played for a while but he’s in good condition, he presented himself very well. Sometimes those who come from a big team aren’t happy, instead he gives a lot”.
However, the moment for Spezia is not easy. The team is haunted by injuries. “We present ourselves in a very particular situation, we are missing nine players: Nzola, Bastoni, Gyasi, Ekdal, Holm, Kovalenko, Sala, Moutinho. A lack or a couple can be compensated for, nine are really a lot. The moment is now , we find ourselves having to manage this situation. With nine players out, one wonders if we’re doing something wrong, because things don’t add up, but these are injuries that are physiological. Some have hernias, some groin pain, some fractured”. For Gotti, however, no hands ahead. “But the match against Napoli must be played as best we can, we’ll take the field giving everything. If they’re better than us, we’ll say good, but in the meantime we’ll give everything we have.”
February 4th – 3.02pm
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