Catania could leapfrog Inter with a victory tomorrow afternoon and Coach Rolando Maran admits they are “fighting to keep the dream alive.”
The Sicilians are the undoubted revelation of the season, as they sit in joint sixth place, right in the thick of the race for European qualification.
“I told the lads I expect a Catania-style performance. It requires them to be conscientious, sharp, with the spirit of sacrifice and the belief they can challenge for every ball,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“Our dream has come true in that we have achieved safety, but that journey has also given us the belief that we can do more. Professionalism and hard work pay off, so let’s keep going like this. We are fighting to keep this new dream alive.
“Are we the favourites? I don’t see it that way. We just try to do our best and everything is decided on the pitch.
“Our fans send us messages and we can be certain that tomorrow they’ll help us out. It’ll be wonderful to all together push a team that deserves the passion of its people.”
Maran was asked about the blazing locker room row between Andrea Stramaccioni and Antonio Cassano, which means the player won’t be at the Stadio Massimino on Sunday afternoon.
“I will not comment, because I don’t know what happened and it is none of my business. The Nerazzurri have shown vitality this season and it will not be easy for us.”
Gonzalo Bergessio is in the side despite a recurring foot problem, while Fabio Sciacca returns after his operation in October 2012.
Catania also give the debut call-up to forward Edgar Cani, whose transfer was finally cleared by the authorities this week.
However, Nicola Legrottaglie and Giuseppe Bellusci are suspended.
Catania squad for Inter: Andujar, Frison, Terracciano; Alvarez, Augustyn, Marchese, Potenza, Rolín, Spolli; Almiron, Biagianti, Castro, Izco, Lodi, Ricchiuti, Salifu, Sciacca; Bergessio, Çani, Doukara, Gomez, Keko