What a tumultuous, ridiculous, typical week for Palermo. Sunday’s pathetic loss to Atalanta was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Zamparini finally snapped, Gasperini axed, Lo Monaco left, Malesani appointed and Perinetti returned. And if you thought that was it, you’d be wrong. Budan and Brienza had plenty to say about their departures, with Ciccio especially outspoken regarding his exit. But, there are more important matters at hand, like a must-win match with a brand new coach.
Pescara come to the Barbera, only three points ahead of Palermo, occupying 18th place. The club will be without many of their viable options as Weiss, Sforzini, Togni, Capuano, Modesto, Quintero and Sculli all didn’t make the trip to Sicily. Perin, their budding superstar goalkeeper, will be counted on to keep the Palermo attack at bay – something that really hasn’t been a problem lately. Nevertheless, the Rosanero do not strike fear in anyone at the moment, with further evidence of that fact coming from Pescara’s president who said he’d not “settle for a draw” even with all the absences his side has to deal with.
Malesani comes in to Palermo with one goal: save the club from relegation. According to Zamparini, however, he shouldn’t be seen as a “savior”. The ex-Bologna boss was specifically brought in by Zamparini, who caused Lo Monaco’s resignation by not even consulting his ex-AD about his decision to bring in Malesani. From a tactical standpoint, Malesani will most likely continue to employ the same three-man back line that Gasperini used. He hinted at bringing Donati back to the midfield and stated his desire to make the veterans of Sorrentino, Donati and Miccoli the pillars of Palermo and their push to safety. The difference between Malesani and Gasperini will most notably be seen in terms of character and personality. Malesani prescribes to the Cosmi philosophy of being a firebrand and firecracker. He’s most famous for his rant while at Panathinaikos. Perhaps, it’s what Palermo needs at the moment, but more than anything they need to win at all costs.
Probable Palermo Lineup
Munoz – Von Bergen – Aronica
Nelson – Barreto – Donati – Rios – Dossena
Fabbrini – Dybala
Palermo bench: Benussi, Brichetto; Garcia, Morganella, Sanseverino; Anselmo, Faurlin, Formica, Kurtic, Viola; Boselli, Sperduti
SIAMO TERRONI E CE NE VANTIAMOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!