a Serie B

Pierpaolo Bisoli has a clear star formation in focus. © Alfred Tschager

Tait instead of Kofler: This is how the FCS is planning the Terni trip

The late loss of points in Cosenza is over and the next task is already in sight. FC Südtirol is traveling to Umbria this Friday – and is planning personnel changes.

From the FCS Center in Rungg

Alexander Foppa

“The late equalizer against Cosenza really hurt for a few hours, but then it was over,” said Pierpaolo Bisoli at a press conference in the FCS Center on Friday morning. The coach and his protégés had already turned their attention to their next opponent on Monday. And this is called Ternana Calcio, is in the bottom of the table with just one point from five games and should serve as a springboard for FC Südtirol into a successful English week. With Modena on Tuesday (at home) and Palermo on the following Sunday (away), significantly higher hurdles await.

In view of this mammoth program, Bisoli has to make some adjustments. He is particularly hurt by the loss of Silvio Merkaj, who suffered a muscle injury during training and will be out for at least ten days. In place of the Albanian, who brought a breath of fresh air and goal threat in his previous appearances as a joker, Gabriel Lunetta could be used against Ternana. The alternative as Odogwu's strike partner would be Matteo Rover.

Merkaj will miss the next games

However, Bisoli will not only lend a hand in the attack, but also in the other two parts of the team. In midfield, Fabian Tait, who has recovered, moves into the starting line-up. He will play alongside Jeremie Broh, pushing Raphael Kofler to the bench. The 18-year-old from Partschins had always played until halftime in the previous four league games. Kevin Vinetot, who is almost twice his age, has also been part of the regular team recently, but he will get a breather in Terni or at home against Modena. New signing Giuseppe Cuomo will take his place in central defense.

Light at the end of the tunnel: Fabian Tait is back after a severe bruise. © Bordoni

With the exception of Merkaj, the entire FCS entourage started the flight to Umbria on Friday afternoon. Also on board are the recently thwarted Andrea Cagnano (groin), Daouda Peeters (ankle) and Emanuele Pecorino (family reasons).

Although Ternana has lost four of its five league games and is hoping in vain for a turnaround under coach Cristiano Lucarelli, Bisoli warned before heading south: “I know Lucarelli well, he is an excellent coach. I can guarantee you: Ternana is better than the table position says. It's going to be a really tough number." On Saturday from 14 p.m. (in SportNews-Ticker) show whether Bisoli's warning sounds are heard by the players and whether the FCS returns to winning ways in the second away game in a row.

The 6th round at a glance:

Friday 22th September
Palermo – Cosenza (20.30 p.m.)

Saturday, September 23st
Ternana – FC Südtirol (14 p.m.)
Brescia - Venezia
Cremonese - Ascoli
Feralpisalò – Pisa
Modena – Lecco
Spezia – Reggiana (16.15 p.m.)

Sunday September 24th
Bari – Catanzaro (16.15 p.m.)
Cittadella – Como
Parma – Sampdoria

The table:

1. Parma541011:113
2. Venice53207:211
3. Palermo43107:110
4. Modena43106:210
5. Catanzaro53119:910
6. FC South Tyrol422010:68
7. Cittadella52214:48
8. Baric51403:27
9. As42115:67
10. Brescia22003:06
11. Cremonese51314:46
12. Cosenza51227:65
13. Step on41124:54
14. Reggiana50325:83
15. Ascoli51044:83
16. Sampdoria51135:82
17. Ternana50143:71
18. Specia40133:81
19. FeralpiSalò50141:111
20. Lecco20023:60


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