No discounts from the calendar to Cagliari: after Fiorentina, now comes Roma, one of the battleships of the tournament, led by one of the most reputed coaches in the world, José Mourinho (dismissed for today). Yet the Rossoblù cannot linger to look at the names of the opponents: the table speaks, you have to achieve points to get out of the low areas of the standings. Florence must be reset immediately, a hiccup as can happen in a season; better to look ahead, with a new and more aware spirit than what happened last Sunday.
Countering Roma effectively, aiming to eliminate its sources of play and close the spaces to deny the depth to the Giallorossi forwards, lethal in the counterattacks: these are the first inputs for Mazzarri's team. At the same time, re-propose himself with a rapid, vertical ball turn, aimed at surprising the Roma defense. Needless to say, trust and a positive approach will be other weapons that a Cagliari called to raise its level of self-esteem will have to resort to.
NEWS FROM CAGLIARI
Long the list of unavailable for Walter Mazzarri: out Cáceres, Céter, Dalbert, Nández and Walukiewicz. Partially in a group, in yesterday's training, Godin and Strootman.
Mourinho has announced the confirmation of the line-up fielded against Torino. Kumbulla will be there, the Giallorossi group can rely on several elements on loan from the Primavera.
The game will be refereed by Ivano Pezzuto of Lecce: he will referee the Rossoblù for the second time after Parma-Cagliari last year.
The rest of the referee team: assistants Sergio Ranghetti from Chiari and Domenico Palermo from Bari. Fourth official Niccolò Baroni from Florence. VAR employees Piero Giacomelli of Trieste and Stefano Liberti of Pisa.
In the last six Serie A matches between Cagliari and Rome, 4.3 goals have been scored on average, after in the previous six the goals had averaged 2 per game.
Razvan Marin's last goal in Serie A came last April, right at home against the Giallorossi team.
Roma are the team that has hit the most woods in this league: seven, four more than Cagliari.
In the three direct comparisons between the two coaches, José Mourinho boasts a win and two draws over Walter Mazzarri.
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