NEWS
Sunday February 9 2014
Donadoni plans Parma debuts

Roberto Donadoni prepares Parma to face Catania and hints he could give Nicola Pozzi and Cristian Molinaro debuts.

It kicks off at the Stadio Tardini at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“As we basically didn’t play last Sunday, it has been an anomalous week and in training it almost felt like we were back in pre-season,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

Parma’s game with Roma was rained off after just 11 minutes and won’t be played again until April 2 or 9.

“This worries me and I won’t hold back in telling the lads that. We mustn’t transform what is an advantage into something dangerous, especially in this game where we need to be concentrated from the get-go.

“Catania desperately need points and will certainly play in an aggressive and intense style. We have to match them in terms of determination. I will not accept the idea we could underestimate them.”

Parma have been revamped over the January transfer window, bringing in striker Pozzi from Sampdoria, full-back Molinaro from Stuttgart.

There was also a boost, as the Ducali resisted offers for Jonathan Biabiany and Marco Parolo.

“Both Cristian and Nicola are ready to lend a hand. Pozzi had a slight problem in training, but he has recovered and is ready to play.

“Biabiany gave an important professional response with his decision to stay.”

Joel Obi and Nicola Pavarini are the only absentees.

Parma squad for Catania: Acquah, Amauri, Bajza, Biabiany, Cassani, Cassano, Coric, Felipe, Galloppa, Gargano, Gobbi, Lucarelli, Marchionni, Mauri, Mirante, Molinaro, Munari, Paletta, Palladino, Parolo, Pozzi, Rossini, Schelotto

Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's World Cup tipster competition - £10,000 to be won!

FOOTBALL ITALIA RELATED NEWS

TODAY'S FRONT PAGES