Bortolo Mutti and Palermo have not exactly been a perfect pair. After three games in charge, the ex-Bari coach has only managed a point, that coming in his first game as the Rosanero threw away a 2-0 lead in the final ten minutes against Novara. The following two games have been abysmal, with only the first half of the Napoli game resembling anything close to a decent performance. Despite Zamparini’s comments that Mutti is the right man for Palermo, it goes without saying that should the Rosanero lose against the Grifone, it could be the end of the line for the latest Palermo tactician.
And there should be no excuses either. Palermo will be playing at the Barbera with a healthy squad while Genoa is missing some key players in Constant and Veloso. It will also be an opportunity for the fans to see the latest additions in Rosanero. What the fans need to see the most, though, is a group of players playing with pride and passion, NOT the pitiful display everyone has seen over the last game and a half. A win is a must, but should they lose, at least do it with dignity, knowing that the players gave it their all.
Munoz – Silvestre – Mantovani – Balzaretti
Migliaccio – Donati – Barreto
Miccoli – Budan
Bench: Tzorvas; Cetto, Aguirregaray; Bertolo, Della Rocca Vazquez; Pinilla
Mutti cannot afford to make any mistakes and so he quickly thrusts both Viviano and Donati into the lineup. Unfortunately, he still seems to prefer Munoz as the right back rather than what would seem to be a more capable player in Aguirregaray. Silvestre will be paired with Mantovani again and Balzaretti will take up his normal role on the left.
In the midfield, new man Donati will be flanked by Migliaccio and Barreto. Massimo provides more personality and emotion than Bacinovic and Della Rocca combined, but he cannot expected to be a miracle worker. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares on his debut in front of the Barbera faithful.
Ilicic assumes the sole trequartista role and he’ll be responsible for providing service to Miccoli and Budan. The attack has been lackluster to say the least over the past few weeks. And while Budan did do a decent job of holding the ball up, it must be through Miccoli that all attacking play is directed through.
SIAMO TERRONI E CE NE VANTIAMOOOOO!!!!!