Cosenza, the puzzle is on the flanks: four in the running for two places


By John

An eleven renewed for four elevenths against Feralpisalò. Viali kept faith with his words from the day before and partially changed his team against Marco Zaffaroni's team. In the next few days, the Lombard coach will have to decide whether to persist with most of the starters used against the green and blues or try to change some players. The sure news in the offensive department will be represented by the defection of Manuel Marras, which will force Viali to review at least one cog in his offensive system. Headlights also focused on the rear line.
Duels on the flanks. In fact, it will be interesting to understand whether the rossoblù trainer intends to keep Tommaso D'Orazio from the first minute. The left back from Guardiagrele is back in the starting lineup three months after the last time. After the match against Cremonese on the first day back, the left-footed winger had to settle for crumbs: 9 minutes with Ternana. Before leaving for Piacenza, the coach had referred to the player's always positive attitude in recent months in which he has often remained on the sidelines. Furthermore, D'Orazio's ownership came at a time when Gianluca Frabotta showed some signs of a decline in his performances, compared to a devastating initial impact, with goals against Sudtirol, Lecco and Sampdoria and the assist signed against Venezia in his second appearance in the Sila shirt.
Competition from D'Orazio can act as a stimulus to the left-handed player from Rome, taken on loan by Roberto Gemmi in January when Cosenza once again needed to add a left-footed full-back to the squad, as had already happened at the beginning of 2023; a circumstance in which the captain of the Sila group was then purchased, who became a cornerstone of William Viali in the second part of last season.
In that case, the Abruzzo player became an immovable part of the lineup, only missing the match against Genoa and then the one against Palermo, on Easter Monday, due to disqualification.
At least for the moment, the same competition for a place on the other side does not seem to be ignited, with Baldovino Cimino out on the radar for some time. However, this situation could also be explored further during the next training sessions.
The young right-handed slider from Campania took the field for the last time from the first minute in the “Marulla” home match against Venezia. Then with the addition of Bright Gyamfi he lost consideration, finding himself playing only thirteen minutes during the mid-February match against Lecco. Now that the 28-year-old Ghanaian also appeared to be in trouble against Feralpi (beaten by La Mantia in the aerial duel that led to Garda's first lead and also a negative protagonist in the penalty kick awarded by Ghersini to the Lombards, in addition to other mistakes), Viali could consider the hypothesis of a relay between the two.