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Parma wants to treat Cagliari as if it was Inter

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 15: Federico Dimarco (C) of Parma Calcio celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the serie A match between FC Internazionale and Parma Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 15, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
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Coach Roberto D’Aversa is asking his players for the same kind of performance as last week’s victory over Internazionale

A goal by Federico Dimarco last Saturday gave Parma a surprising win against Internazionale Milan at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium.

And now, the team will visit Cagliari today and coach Roberto D’Aversa is asking for the same kind of performance from his players.

“We resume with the enthusiasm of knowing we achieved something remarkable, but also the knowledge we are about to play a very difficult game,” the coach said on a press conference according to Football Italia.

“Cagliari is a strong side and we need the same attitude we had against Inter and Juventus, regardless of who we are facing.”

“Rolando Maran’s teams are always well-organized with a high pressing, giving you no time to think. It’ll be fundamental to win the individual duels around the field and not getting stretched out on the counter,” he added.

“It’s good to have a positive attitude, but you must balance it out so you don’t underestimate the opponent.”

“I see Cagliari being in mid-table and not one of the five or six sides fighting to avoid relegation this season, as they invested a lot over the last two years, with players like Leonardo Pavoletti and Nicolò Barella standing out. We’ve got to be wary of their crosses, as Pavoletti is so strong in the air,” D’Aversa commented.

“We have some difficulties in midfield due to injuries, but I don’t like to create alibis for the team. We must give 100 percent and bring home the result.”