D’Angelo plays charge ‘It takes head and legs’ – sport


Football is one of the few shows that no matter how many times you see it, you never know how it will end. A bit like this Serie B championship which sees the 6 best teams in the standings in just 5 points with just 4 days remaining. The Nerazzurri have not won for almost a month, their last success dating back to Pisa-Citadel 1-0 on March 20. With the awareness of no longer having the pressure on them and with a little less “dizziness”, given the sixth place in the standings, the troupe against Como D’Angelo can aim to play without having anything to lose. “The most important thing for us is the athletic condition and having a freer head because from a technical and tactical point of view some things are now acquired – says D’Angelo two days before the Arena Garibaldi match – The head is the legs, as it happens in football, always make the difference”. The objective is recovery, but it could also be the last train for direct promotion, because between Como and Lecce, in the real decisive clash of the championship final on April 25, the regular season of Pisa will be decided. At that point, the team will know if they still have to fight for direct promotion, 3 points behind second place, or abandon this course and focus on the best result in the playoffs. “You have to play well in these matches, even beyond the result”, continues D’Angelo, well aware of the difficulties of a team which has not been able to express themselves at their best in recent matches, making life difficult in self with great performance anxiety that both coach and midfielder Adam Nagy, in recent days, had brought to light.

The spirit may also be a little freer due to the conviction of sports justice, which acquitted Pisa of the federal prosecutor’s charges for alleged fictitious capital gains: “In all honesty, I don’t think the referral has influenced – says D’Angelo commenting on the sentence – because we know both Giuseppe and Giovanni Corrado and we know their transparency. It hurt us to see the sadness on the face of the president for something that happened turned out to be a soap bubble”. Instead, the coach seems to have few doubts on who to line up against Como. After a long week of training, 8 days after the last game, D’Angelo is very likely to use Benali and Torregrossa from the first minute, with a possible second round in midfield between Mastinu and Toure. The only doubt is represented by the presence of Nicolas between the posts, after the sprained knee in Perugia: “We have to see if we can recover these days” admits D’Angelo, who will decide tomorrow morning whether to use it or rely on Livier. Finally, the Pisa coach also extinguished the controversy over the Lecce referee chosen to officiate the match: “Referee Pezzuto is one of the best in the category – concludes D’Angelo -, therefore the choice of the designer did not cause any concern.

Michele Bufalino

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