Giuseppe Sannino warns Palermo “do not care about the Juventus Scudetto party,” as they are fighting for their football lives.
The Bianconeri need only one point to clinch the title in Turin on Sunday afternoon, while the Sicilians are battling against relegation. Click here for a match preview.
“It is only natural they would prepare for celebrations this weekend and we’re going into a stadium that cannot wait for the game to end so they can begin the party,” said Sannino.
“We are going to Turin in order to play our game. We have to focus on ourselves and what we need to do. We can’t think about the bus ready to take the Juventus squad through the streets of the city and we do not care about the Scudetto party.
“I think that right now we have something the others do not. I’m sure Antonio Conte won’t like me saying this, but usually those teams who are about to win the Scudetto reach the end of the season in a more relaxed state of mind. I expect he has tried everything to prevent that situation.
“We must face Juve with humility, hard work and suffering, because we will suffer in an arena just waiting to explode. I told the lads clearly we must be a united group. Last season my Siena went to Turin and picked up a point that then proved decisive for safety.”
Sannino had started the campaign on the Palermo bench and was fired after just three rounds, but since his return the team has climbed up the standings.
“I am the same Coach I was a few months ago. The attitude of the lads has changed, something that perhaps was lacking at the start. It’s not a Palermo problem so much as something that happens all over Italy.
“Everything is achieved via hard work and humility, so professionals must be impeccable. This is sport, but it is also a job. Maybe the players realised it when they saw how unhappy the people in the city were. In this sport there are no short-cuts or easy ways out.”
Michel Morganella is suspended, but Josip Ilicic and Fabrizio Miccoli shook off knocks.
Palermo squad for Juventus: Sorrentino, Benussi, Brichetto; Munoz, Von Bergen, Aronica, Dossena, Garcia, Nelson; Donati, Ilicic, Kurtic, Barreto, Anselmo, Arevalo Rios, Formica, Faurlin, Viola; Hernandez, Miccoli, Sperduti, Boselli, Dybala, Fabbrini