Reggina in Syracuse… to reverse a trend

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By John

What is Reggina’s true level? A significant answer will come from the match that the Amaranths will play in Syracuse on Sunday. The emergency conditions of the first leg are no longer there and today the comparison with the second strength of the championship will be an important litmus test.
Reggina, until now, has never beaten any of the teams that, together with them, occupy the top five positions in the table. In the four matches against Trapani, Aretusei, Vibonese and Real Casalnuovo there were three defeats and only one draw (0-0 with the Calabrian rossoblu). All the matches were played at the “Granillo” and the less-than-exciting spoils are the main explanation for the home performance which is not like a first-tier team which weighs on the general classification. Trocini’s team has the task of demonstrating that the second round can be another story. Starting from Sunday’s match which can and must be different from the one played on October 1st if we want to somehow legitimize the goodness of the growth path we have had up to now. In that case, Reggina had only started training a few days ago and was still under construction, while the Sicilians had just begun a march which up to now has only been slightly inferior to Trapani’s record-breaking run. It ended 2-1 for the guests, in a match in which the Strait team was clearly behind in preparation.
The Amaranths, stopped by San Luca, were unable to reach the match with the momentum of six consecutive victories, but the Azzurri are also coming off a slowdown. In the last round they experienced the taste of the first defeat of the season against Igea Virtus, after a useful series that lasted twenty games. And they will arrive at the match against the Amaranths without three suspended players: the coach Cacciola, the midfielder Aliperta and the striker Maggio (who scored in the first leg). Two top-level footballers. However, the Siracusa squad is large and equipped with solutions even beyond those who play most often.
A privilege that Bruno Trocini would also like to benefit from, if he manages to recover as many players as possible. The last match of the championship highlighted in particular the need to have a few more attackers available. Against San Luca we felt the absence of another striker to support Bolzicco in the full-strength attack phases. In this sense, it would be essential to recover Rosseti, for whom assessments on the conditions in the coming days will be decisive. Nothing to do, however, for Renelus who will be out for a few more weeks. The one who could guarantee insertions from behind is Nino Barillà. He returns to Syracuse after the disqualification, in a midfield where the deck remains short due to Mungo’s disqualification. We are always awaiting news on the market, which could provide some reinforcements for the midfield. Among those who could make it for Syracuse is Zanchi.
Yesterday afternoon the team carried out a work session in the gym at the Sant’Agata sports centre, after training in the morning at Campo Calabro. The same venue where the team will train today too.