Maran: ‘Cagliari courage with Napoli’

Cagliari Coach Rolando Maran said “the prospect of facing Napoli mustn’t make us fearful, but be motivation to do better.”

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“We have to start again from an image in our minds, the explosion of joy after Marco Sau’s goal,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

The Sardinians were down to nine men and had been 2-0 down when Sau scored an extraordinary stoppage-time equaliser against Roma for a 2-2 draw.

Now they host second-placed Napoli, who are fresh from a Champions League group stage exit on goal difference to Liverpool.

“The prospect of facing Napoli mustn’t make us fearful, but be motivation to do better. We are maturing, above all in the way we control the game, showing patience to strike at the right moment and emerge from difficult situations.

“Courage is all in the attitude and it will be key again tomorrow. We want to give strong emotions to the fans and to ourselves too, always leaving the field knowing we’ve given everything.”

As they saw red for dissent against Roma, Cagliari will be without suspended Darijo Srna and Luca Ceppitelli.

“It’ll be important to create density around the ball, that is the element we are working on in training to limit Napoli’s passing game.”

Cagliari squad for Napoli: Rafael, Pajac, Andreolli, Dessena, Bradaric, Cigarini, Cerri, Joao Pedro, Klavan, Aresti, Farias, Barella, Pisacane, Padoin, Ionita, Faragò, Sau, Cragno, Romagna

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