(ANSA) – MONZA, 25 AUG – “Against Udinese, the zero in the standings could be a factor. But we must try to get to the performance, rather than the result.
Even if the result is important. “Giovanni Stroppa tries to take the pressure off his side on the eve of the match against Udinese, scheduled for tomorrow at 18.30 at the U-Power Stadium.
After two defeats, the red and white coach explains that his Monza “must find an identity and balance. It takes time for this, but we are paying dearly for the difficulty of assembling a new team”.
The difficulties mentioned by the ‘coach’ are not only those of the standings, but also of the staff. With the many injuries (against Udinese, absent Pablo Marì, Mota Carvalho, D’Alessandro and Andrea Ranocchia) and the even more numerous players out of shape. “The new ones are out of condition, but there is no time to prepare them. We have to make a virtue of necessity and invent the best formation, knowing that we have to start from the first half with Torino, in terms of character and desire to do”.
Stroppa says he is “surprised by the rumors on my bench”, which someone has hypothesized at risk. Rumors among other things removed from the company in the aftermath of the knockout at the Maradona stadium, when the need to continue working was reiterated, waiting for the expected leap in quality. “I would always like to have the team available to work”, continued Stroppa. “But in these conditions we have to be ready to do even the dirtiest race, with the right attitude and the desire to win more duels”. Also because, in front of Monza there will be Udinese “which is a tough team, physical and used for years to do this category. They have centimeters and kilos, we have other characteristics”.
The returning José Machin will also be part of the match. From the first minute or to the race in progress, as an alternative to Andrea Barberis or Stefano Sensi in the control room. Stroppa is considering alternatives, as well as the role of extreme defender. “Cragno is in my head, but I defend my choice of Di Gregorio and I carry it on”. (HANDLE).
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