Crotone, last at home with Monopoli: the objective is to win to reach the playoffs and sweep away the negativity


By John

Winning to arithmetically reach the playoffs and sweep away the negativity that has inevitably accumulated after a disastrous second round. With this objective, Zauli's Crotone will face Monopoli tonight for the last home match of the regular season.
Up front, however, there will be a team that will take the field with a knife between their teeth to try to avoid the playouts. «We have enormous objectives, they are for salvation and we are for the playoffs – declares coach Lamberto Zauli – It is a match of vital importance for our progress, we will try to play it to our maximum potential.

Zauli will not have the suspended Zanellato, the injured Altobelli, Battistini and Stronati available while due to technical choice Vitale and Bruzzaniti were not called up: «We have recovered Loiacono, let's try to give continuity, choosing a team that can and wants to achieve victory. For us it is a match that we absolutely cannot make mistakes.”

«They started from inside or outside since we are at the end of the season – continues the rossoblù coach – and each member must respond perfectly to reach the goal, reasoning to try to play the best game, for himself and for his teammates . Tumminello? I am happy for him who has become an important element of the team, because he is a player in whom the club believed, he has returned from loan, he has grown and is working hard.”

A small advantage will be given, indirectly, by the clash between Foggia and Cerignola: «Yes, but it shouldn't matter to us because, by winning, we would chase away every other thought. Right now we can't look elsewhere, we just have to win. I already said it with Brindisi and it didn't bring good results, but that's how it is. For me there are no other games other than the one with Monopoli.” In addition to winning, another objective for the rossoblù sharks is to mend a relationship with the fans who were deeply disappointed by the way in which the second round was handled: «I don't feel like asking people anything – underlines Zauli -. I know well that perhaps the enthusiasm could return if we managed to reach the playoff final. The victory, the entry into the play-offs would help us, to demonstrate that in such a difficult moment we were able to react.”