Palermo defender Andrea Dossena has said that the upcoming match with Roma is going to be extremely important in the chances of his team finishing the season strongly. Dossena is currently on loan at Palermo from his parent club Napoli till the end of the season. The team has been struggling against relegation throughout the season. They currently sit 18th on the table one point away from safety. In order to have any chance of escaping relegation in the remaining in five matches of the season, the team need to win the match against Roma.
This is one of the toughest matches for Palermo from now until the end of the season given that Roma are fighting to finish in the top six positions of the table. The team have been on a good run of form in recent weeks following the arrival of the new manager. They have lost just one match in the last five, and they are the favourites going into the weekend’s match. Palermo, meanwhile, come into the match on the back of the 2-0 defeat against Champions League place chasing AC Milan.
Former Liverpool defender Dossena has been influential for the club in recent months, as he has made 10 appearances. The future of the 31-year-old, though, remains unclear.
“The match with Roma might be our last chance. But then again maybe it won’t be. We have little chance [of surviving], but we are not resigned. The math says that we are still capable. There are two months of the season left. We have to play for ourselves, for the the club and for the city,” said Dossena. The club still have matches against top teams like Inter Milan from now until the end of the season. Palermo have been poor for most of the current season.
The Italian national team manager Cesare Prandelli has said that he feels that the upcoming clash between Napoli and Juventus will determine the destination of the title this season. Napoli and Juventus will be locking heads with each other for the second time this season.
The match cannot be any crucial because Juventus have the opportunity to finally pull away from Napoli. Antonio Conte received a lot of pressure only a few weeks ago due to the impressive challenge from Napoli, as they moved within a few points of Juventus at the top of the table. However, Napoli have slipped since then and they are six points behind Juventus coming into the match. Read more »
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The Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri has said that his team will not give up the opportunity to progress into the last 16 stage of the Europa league despite suffering a heavy defeat against Viktoria Plzen following a 3-0 result in the first leg. One of the primary objectives for Napoli this season is to win the title and also qualify for the Champions League, but they are also concentrating on the Europa league to a certain extent as well. After going through a run of four consecutive defeats in the month of December, Napoli have once again regained their form.
The undefeated in the matches played over the last few weeks until the match against Viktoria Plzen. Napoli were coming on the back of the 1-1 draw with archrivals Lazio. Due to their focus on the weekend’s match against Sampdoria, they were unable to give their best against Viktoria Plzen. The 3-0 defeat away from home almost ends any hope of progression to the next round, but Mazzarri is confident that his players will put up a fight in the return leg at Napoli in a week’s time. The draw against Lazio has meant that Juventus have once again been able to pull away from Napoli in the table.
“We will do our best to go through. We want to undo the damage that was done in the first leg. My players want to put in the effort it will require. We will do all we can for 95 minutes. In the first game we were not good but I must also compliment Viktoria because they are a very good team,” said Mazzarri. After coming within three points of Juventus only a few weeks ago, Napoli have fallen four points behind the leaders after the recent round of results in the Italian Serie A.