There isn’t much time to dwell on Saturday’s poor effort against a determined Cesena side as the Rosanero are back in action, this time in the Coppa Italia. Everyone will remember the dream run that ended in heartbreak a season ago for Palermo. A third Coppa Italia final appearance only resulted in a third loss for the Sicilian side. Now, the Rosanero are set to pick up where they left off last season with the first step in the long road ahead coming against Siena.
After a review of the call-ups for both sides, it has become apparent that the Coppa Italia is always a tournament where a team hopes to hoof it into the quarterfinal. Upon reaching that stage, then a team will manage to make the Coppa a determined objective rather than one that was only honored with lip service. Tonight’s match proves to be no different as both squads have a patchwork of bench and youth players. Very few of the first team regulars will feature for Palermo or Siena, so it comes down to the backups who want to make the most of their opportunities.
Regardless, there is a belief that Palermo truly do want to win and somehow make their way back for a chance at silverware, no matter how difficult that may be. Now is the time for those who haven’t had their chance to shine.
aguirregaray – cetto – migliaccio – mantovani
alvarez – acquah – della rocca – lores
Bench: brichetto; prestia, balzaretti, barberis; simon, bertolo; bollino
It really is anybody’s guess as to how Mangia lines it up tonight. He has said that he’ll use the best players possible, but with a derby on the weekend looming, several key players were left out. So, space to Tzorvas, Aguirregaray, Cetto and Mantovani in defense with only Migliaccio being a regular. Giulio figures to start considering he was out for the Cesena game, so he’ll be refreshed. In the midfield, a formation of four should be the key with Acquah maintaining a starting spot (he’s suspended for the derby) and Alvarez, Della Rocca and Lores all getting an opportunity to play. Iličić seems likely to start and his creativity will be much needed while supporting an unfamiliar-but-all-too-familiar Igor Budan. The bench has three Primavera players ready and waiting while Balzaretti and Bertolo are the only first team regulars available.
While looking at the list of Palermo players available, the situation seems dire. Yet, Siena’s coach Sannino has made it no secret that he does not care for the Coppa and is focusing entirely on avoiding relegation. As such, Siena will be without Franco Brienza, Gaetano D’Agostino, Emanuele Calaiò, Mattia Destro and Daniele Mannini. Even their coach will not be on the bench as he serves a suspension from his expulsion in the last Coppa match Siena played. Palermo can put themselves back on track after their first loss at the Barbera this season while giving them a psychological boost ahead of the weekend derby against Catania. The boys must come to play.
SIAMO TERRONI E CE NE VANTIAMOOOOOO!!!