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The hopes in Como rest on them: FCS keeper Giacomo Poluzzi (left) and top hunter Daniele Casiraghi. © DLife/LO

Not an April Fool's joke: FC Südtirol is visiting Como

FC Südtirol is finally back! On Easter Monday, April 1st, the White-Reds will be fighting for the next three points after the international break at the Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia in Como. FCS coach Federico Valente can also rely on his captain again.

“Since I took up my position here, I have always emphasized that Fabian Tait is a very important player for me. He will definitely return to the starting eleven on Monday,” FCS coach Federico Valente made clear at the final press conference on Friday. The White-Red captain was suspended for the home game against Cremonese two weeks ago, but he is now fit to play again. “Fabian is a very important part of the team both on the pitch and in the dressing room. “He’s a true captain,” Valente praised him.

Valente knows only too well that things will be very difficult against Como. “When analyzing Como's last games, we noticed that they are extremely strong and dangerous offensively. They have a very good team. The basic building block for a good result will be a high level of intensity, which I demand from my team in every game,” he says, explaining the direction of play.

“Not many weak points”

At the press conference, Valente showed his deepest respect for the opponent while admitting that he was a little worried. “Como doesn’t have many weak points. This is what worries me the most. “I noticed that Como not only has strong individual players, but also that the team as a whole harmonizes very well with each other,” analyzed Valente. “Como plays with a mixture of ball possession and defensive behavior. We also have to pay attention to the opponents’ standard situations, they are extremely dangerous there too,” he then added.

Ex-Milan player Patrick Cutrone (right) & Co. defeated FC Südtirol led by Daniele Casiraghi (center) 1-0 in the first leg. © Felice Calabro' / Felice Calabro'

Como has had a fabulous season so far. The Lombards are in fourth place in the table, just two points behind second-placed Venice. Before the international break, Como beat SC Pisa 3-1 at home. In general, the team from Lake Como is extremely strong in their own stadium. In addition to two defeats (0:2 against Ascoli on January 27th and 1:3 against Cremonese on October 8th), there are eight wins and three draws. By the way: Como celebrated a 1-0 away win in the Drususstadion in the first leg.

Top three in the chain, Cagnano out

The three-man chain around Andrea Giorgini, Filippo Scaglia and Andrea Masiello made a positive impression in the last home game. Therefore, Valente will also send them onto the pitch in Como. “They did an excellent job in the last game and they also impressed me in training. That’s why they will play in Como,” Valente announced.

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But there is also a failure to report. “In addition to Pecorino, who will be missing for a while, Andrea Cagnano is unfortunately out of action at the moment.” The problem with the left-back is back pain. Kevin Vinetot, on the other hand, is training with the team, but still has minor complaints.

“The ultimate goal is to stay in the league”

When asked whether he would also be on the FC Südtirol sidelines next year, Valente said: “My main goal at the moment is to stay in the league. I've always said that I'll do everything I can to help the club and celebrate successes. As far as next season is concerned, I am in constant communication with the sports director (Paolo Bravo, editor's note). The ultimate goal is and remains staying in the league.”

FC Südtirol can take the next step in the right direction on Monday from 15 p.m. SportNews will accompany the game with a live ticker.

Serie B, matchday 31

Monday, April 1th
Modena – Bari (12.30 p.m.)
Lecco – Cittadella (15 p.m.)
Como – FC South Tyrol
Cosenza – Brescia
Venice – Reggiana
Parma – Catanzaro
Pisa - Palermo
Spezia β Ascoli
Cremonese – Feralpisaló (18 p.m.)
Sampdoria – Ternana (20.30 p.m.)

1. Parma30198357:3065
2. Venice30176756:3557
3. Cremonese30168640:2456
4. As30167743:3355
5. Catanzaro30147947:3949
6. Palermo30147952:4149
7. Sampdoria301261241:4440
8. Brescia30912933:3139
9. Cittadella301081234:3938
10. FC South Tyrol301081239:3938
11. Modena30813935:4037
12. Reggiana30716731:3337
13. Step on309101136:3837
14. Cosenza308101231:3334
15. Baric307131029:3734
16. Ternana30881435:4032
17. Specia306131128:4231
18. Ascoli307101332:3631
19. FeralpiSalò30761734:4927
20. Lecco30561928:5821


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