Curing Parma’s inconsistency

After being a contender for a place in the Europa League towards the end of the first half of the season, Parma are now back again in the bottom half of the table, just five points adrift of relegation zone. The Crociati had a brilliant start after the winter break, beating Juventus away with a resounding scoreline. But rather than banking on that victory and building momentum, they have lost three of their next four games and managed to take home only three points out of 12.
The Parmigiani’s performance so far this season is not much different from what they achieved at the same point last year. This season they have scored 22 goals and conceded 28 goals. At this point last season, Parma had scored 22 goals and conceded 29. Although it suggests consistency, the team have been quite the opposite under both current Coach Pasquale Marino and previous incumbent Francesco Guidolin.
Marino will be hoping that the new players brought in during the January transfer window will help change that trend and eradicate the inconsistency that seems to be lodged in the team’s DNA. New forwards have been brought in, of a different age and experience, in order to assist Hernán Crespo, who remains the only source of goals for the Gialloblu.
But what Marino needs to address with top priority is the level of concentration of the team when they are on the pitch. Parma has conceded 12 out of 28 goals in the first 30 minutes of a match and many of those early goals have then proved fatal. The Coach has to make sure the team start with the right focus straight from the first whistle because lack of concentration is impacting the results.
Two defenders, Luca Antonelli and Paolo Hernán Dellafiore, have left, with only one in Francesco Modesto being brought in. The biggest transfer effort has been made in attack with the acquisition of Amauri. The Brazilian striker has not been entirely content since his arrival at Juventus and Marino will be hoping that he is looking forward to going back to that scoring form that made him a favourite amongst Palermo fans a few years ago.
Despite the inconsistency, last season Parma accrued 52 points finishing eighth in the table. Avoiding relegation still remains the club’s main objective for the season, but Marino has the team and the ability to better last season’s result. It is imperative that he makes sure that his players keep the same level of performance and concentration week in, week out for the rest of the season.

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