Pescara Coach Giovanni Stroppa gives Palermo a lot of respect despite their difficulties. “They seem to be in better shape than their results suggest.”
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“I think that aside from the technical and tactical considerations, I can see a different hunger in Palermo and an ability to stay concentrated,” said Stroppa.
“They are a team who attack and defend together in waves, which is why I say this is an opponent that requires special attention.
“In the first half, they could’ve scored two or three goals against Atalanta, so they seem to be in better shape than their results suggest,” he noted of the 1-0 defeat.
“If Fabrizio Miccoli, Franco Brienza, Abel Hernandez and Josip Ilicic find their form, then they could really hurt us between the lines. This is why we have to be more careful not to let ourselves get caught out behind the midfield.”
Ivan Pelizzoli will start in goal after saving a penalty against Bologna on Sunday, as Mattia Perin and Christian Terlizzi are suspended.
Francesco Modesto and Alessandro Crescenzi are injured.
Pescara squad for Palermo: Pelizzoli, Falso; Balzano, Bocchetti, Capuano, Cosic, Zanon; Bjarnason, Blasi, Brugman, Quintero, Cascione, Colucci, Weiss, Nielsen; Celik, Caprari, Abbruscato, Jonathas, Vukusic, Soddimo
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