seasonFive.episodeTwo | Andata
It has taken me some time to find my passion with Parma. I’ve chopped and changed the tactics, struggled to settle on a team and philosophy I’m comfortable with. But all that seems to have fallen into place this season.
I have a renewed energy and buzz. I’m excited for each match day. The board have backed me with the funds needed to secure some much-needed targets and it has made a difference.I have high hopes for this season. I just hope my expectations are met.
Since we are now playing in continental competition, I have decided to break up the results into domestic and European games.
We came flying out of the traps. We had a great preseason, and that form has carried over into the start of the league season.
We have absolutely dominated games. Our possession over other teams, including the number of quality chances we’re creating, has been nothing short of amazing. I expected a good season, but I could never have predicted the start we have made. Everyone has fought right down to the last minute of every game, epitomised by the late drama against Roma where we snatched a draw in the dying seconds.
We suffered a couple of expected losses, the defeats were after we led both games, too. Highlighting my need for some real defensive cover. I would also like to review the central midfielders as I believe a couple of really solid players will do us wonders.
After the Udinese game, Juventus drew with Milan, and remarkably, this gave us an opportunity to go top of the league. Still early in the season, but a fantastic achievement for a club with such limited resources. Verona, the bottom of the league side our opponents.
We lost, and then failed to find the net against Lazio. I feared we had hit a patch of bad form, that we might struggle to get out of. We were second in the league…
But it seemed it was just a blip. What happened next surprised us all.
We won the next four games in the league, scoring 12 goals along the way. The goals were coming from all angles, too. Our rapid attack was proving too much for sternest of defences. We even brushed Napoli aside in the quarter-final of the Coppa Italia.
As it stands, we are second in the league, quite remarkably.
Our good form carried into Europe, too. I thought we might have been too weak for European football just now, but we’ve been fantastic. I’ll let the results do the talking for me.
We finished well ahead of the competition, qualifying with two games to go, setting up a first knockout round match against Spartak Moscow.
THE PLAYER STATS
Young Fabio Alagna is the star of the show. The 21-year-old Trequartista has nearly a goal and a chance created each game for us and is showing the others how to finish at the moment. The wingers are also chipping in with their fair share of goals.
The whole team have pulled together and are showing fantastic spirit. The dressing room atmosphere is excellent and the team’s cohesion on the pitch is equally as good which is clearly adding to the excellent performances on the pitch.
I think it’s safe to say that we should be financially secure for our time in Serie A now. Our financial woes seem to be behind us. Our prudence in the transfer market and reluctance to sign players to high contracts has meant that we can operate with profit year-on-year.
Unlike some of our rivals, we’re self-sufficient and becoming an excellently run club.
The second half of the season promises to be an excellent one. I will need to get the heads level and approach each game with confidence but try to keep the concentration levels high.
I’m unsure if any transfers will be made in January. I’m happy with how we’re playing and the players I have available to me. Unless an excellent deal presents itself, the players who got us here now will have a chance to show me where they can take me at the end of the season.
Until next time, arrivederci.