Cosenza can smile. The numbers give hope


By John

The three points added against Reggiana allowed Cosenza to surpass the spoils achieved a year ago at the end of the first round, coinciding with the end of the calendar year. Compared to then, the Sila have already accumulated two more points. In that case, in fact, they showed up at the halfway point with a paltry 17 points. Now, Tommaso D’Orazio and his associates still have six games available to improve the balance and make the “buffer” created so far in the hot zone as comfortable as possible. At the moment, the Wolves have a margin of seven spans over the last of the precarious teams, Lecco, who have re-emerged up to fifth from last place after a difficult start. Despite a “parapet” that the Sila have never had since they returned to Serie B, on the sidelines of the naming of the anti-stadium after Gianni Di Marzio (in-depth information in the news). President Eugenio Guarascio did not intend to make any proclamations, maintaining that the most coveted objective remains that of “salvation”.
The start of the championship is encouraging and the squad is more complete and equipped than in the recent past. Therefore, Cosenza will have to be ready to recognize more ambitious objectives. Although no one from the club is yet willing to talk about it openly, the possibility of reaching the playoffs excites the environment. Eighth place after a third of the championship is a fairly solid basis from which to base one’s arguments. And yesterday, during the event involving the Di Marzio family, there was a moment of strong symbolic value: a handshake and a hug between the Parenti entrepreneur and Paolo Fabiano Pagliuso: past and present of Cosenza in the last two eras spent in the cadetteria. Who knows, it may also be a good omen for cultivating the dream of promotion to Serie A – also recalled by Gianluca Di Marzio in his two days in Cosenza -, tangibly cherished for the last time with Pagliuso in 2001. In the past, Guarascio he spoke about it under much less favorable circumstances. Even with the team at the bottom of the rankings. Probably, partly also because mindful of those unsuccessful exits, he now prefers to remain buttoned up.
Maturity. A good part of the closure in via degli Stadi, then, is due to the desire to draw a first line only at the end of the first round. The next cycle of matches will provide important answers. Cosenza is called to perform that definitive test of maturity that was missed after the victory at the beginning of October against Lecco. At the restart, the rossobl├╣ will be called into question by five teams occupying the top ten positions. The Sila team will face Catanzaro (sixth), Cittadella (ninth), Parma (first), Bari (tenth) and Como (seventh). A series of matches with a high level of difficulty, including the home match against Ternana (19th), after the long-awaited derby with the Giallorossi. The response is expected on December 26th.