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Roberto D’Aversa praises decisive Dejan Kulusevski

Dejan Kulusevski
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Dejan Kulusevski was involved in both Parma Calcio’s goals as they secured a deserved away win against struggling Brescia.

Players’ fitness remains a concern despite a month after Serie A’s return post coronavirus lockdown. It was evident as Brescia hosted Parma at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti. 

The intensity of both sides was down and meaningful chances were only created in the second half. 

Parma coach, Roberto D’Aversa, was pleased with his side’s win but admitted they could have delivered more. 

However, D’Aversa was understanding of the elements as he explained the reasons behind Parma’s sluggish first half.

“Considering the heat was affecting intensity, we could’ve been more effective in the first half. Despite a few distractions, we did well to take home a deserved win,” remarked D’Aversa [via Football Italia].

“We want to do well in the next game against Atalanta, even though they have been in such good shape since the lockdown. Our objective is to get as many points as possible.”

Dejan Kulusevski was Parma’s hero for the night. He assisted Matteo Darmian for the first goal before getting on the scoreboard himself with a superb curling shot in the top right corner.

D’Aversa was pleased with Kulusevski’s performance and did not want to dwell on the future with him. However, he praised him for his decisive performances.

“We have to focus on the present now, but we’ll try to replace him in the best possible way next term,” said D’Aversa in his press conference.

“Dejan has been decisive this season, but we want to get players like Roberto Inglese, Andreas Cornelius, and Alberto Grassi back to full fitness.”

The young Swede will transfer to Juventus at the end of the season, completing his €35 million transfer. Kulusevski has been Parma’s creator in chief with 9 goals and 8 assists.