The coach spoke at a press conference on the eve of the match against Salernitana
Frosinone are guests tomorrow at 6.30pm at Paulo Sousa’s Salernitana, who are fresh from the defeat against Torino. After the victory against Sassuolo, coach Eusebio Di Francesco presented the Arechi match in the press conference like this: “As far as the injured are concerned, we are evaluating the Harroui issue, whether to make a conservative choice or an operation. By the end of the week let’s decide. Gelli won’t be there for a while, we’ll evaluate week by week. We hope to have him back in a short time also so as not to let him get into the extraordinary condition he had. The latest arrivals are better and have grown in intensity, let’s see if they can play from start or not. There are alternatives like Garritano or Brescianini to replace the injured, let’s see. Garritano favorite for a starting shirt? I won’t answer, I won’t say it because I haven’t told the team the lineup yet. The choices I make are very closely linked based on the team. Each individual is also chosen based on who I put next to him. Let’s remember that I always have five changes and therefore there is always the possibility of changing.”
“As an idea of the game, the first half or the second half against Sassuolo? As an idea, I hope for the second half – continues the Ciociari coach – also because we made some mistakes in the defensive phase in the first half. In my opinion we also did well in the first but we were slow in the speed of execution of the plays. What Salernitana do I expect? We will find an angry team that wants the three points. For them it is important but also for us it is very important. We must have a good impact on this match, we did not do it against Sassuolo. Salernitana shouldn’t have lost in Lecce for me, they know how to attack and attack their opponents well. Long recoveries in matches? I totally agree with this. The statistics tell us that we are now at the effective time we always wanted. I like those who make melina and it’s right that the referee recovers. It can happen on both sides and it’s right to recover. What if I make a turnover in the next three matches? I won’t be much influenced in this match because we play after five days. Lirola had a little trouble yesterday, let’s try not to risk it tomorrow for the other races which are closer together. With Fiorentina and Roma I will have to be very careful because they are close. I was about to bring Kaio Jorge in but then Gelli’s injury happened. The last slot is fundamental, if I had made the substitution two minutes earlier considering the injury time we would have played the last 20 minutes with ten men.”
“How do you manage the moment after the great post-Sassuolo enthusiasm? There was great enthusiasm at the end of the match – continues Di Francesco – but the whole environment must remain with its feet on the ground. Matches like tomorrow’s are very important. We must always have the same bite we had in previous matches. We are doing well but we must not let go. The recovery times of Gelli and Harroui? I’m not a doctor but I can say that if Harroui undergoes surgery he will be out for 50-60 days. While Gelli is a good injury so I don’t know it always depends a lot on the player. Nainggolan was a player who also played with me with first degree injuries. Maybe he didn’t train for two days but then you had him available in the match. I don’t know exactly when he we will have available, we have to evaluate it week after week. Will the over 700 fans following us give us more pressure? We are pleased, the more they come, the happier we are. We always need the contribution of our public even and above all when we have moments of difficulty. Having many of them following us doesn’t put pressure on us, it’s a source of pride to bring as many people as possible not only at home but also away. Classification? Luckily we brought home these important points through an attitude that must never be missing. We have to think about working, enjoying the moment but we have to think race after race. I think the next one is the most important of the triptych that awaits us. What if there’s something that particularly surprised me about this startup? Back to the group. I’m proud of the attitude of this team. I have never seen a wrong attitude and for me this is the basis for working in a certain way. Brescianini why from the beginning and if this is the best Mazzitelli I have trained? There is always a time for everything. Pellegrini, Lorenzo, who was with me in Sassuolo played for the first time in November. It always takes time. Maybe Brescianini plays tomorrow, it depends. I work a lot to help players grow. I also do the training based on characteristics. Mazzitelli? I’m very proud of him, he always works with his head down, as a captain. He is one of those who must be kicked out of the field otherwise he is always there working.”
“What has surprised me so far and what needs to be improved? We need to improve in technical-tactical aspects at a defensive level in my opinion – he explains -. As for what I liked, I say the context, the group, the whole environment and I’m also happy to come here to the press room. Which characteristic between running, heart and courage can distinguish us this season? I always put courage forward, it is a characteristic that must be trained and which must distinguish us. Had I expected such an impact from Soulé? One of the boys who didn’t have much space in Juventus and who is expressing himself well here. He’s a 2003 player and he shouldn’t settle. I like his attitude, last Sunday he finished as a midfielder, then it’s clear that his main characteristic is his offensive phase. How is Kvernadze? He went away for two weeks to play for the national team, where he played. He’s in good physical condition, he started in the first matches. He’s an option, he’s also part of the growth process. Talented footballer but who needs to grow. He’s working better than when he arrived.”
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September 21, 2023 (changed September 21, 2023 | 1:05 pm)
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