Victor San Marino, after having won with heart and determination the qualification for the third round of the Italian Cup on a difficult field like that of Fratta Terme, does not intend to pull the oars in the boat: now he aims to snatch 3 heavy points in the championship away match against the Class.
The Romagna team, thanks to the 6 points obtained in the first two days (3-2 against Savignanese and 2-1 against Sanpaimola), is the leaders of group C of Emilia Romagna Excellence on an equal footing with Fya Riccione and Tropical Coriano, but is just back from a burning defeat at home against Cava Ronco in the second round of the Italian Cup (3-1 for the Forlì).
The men of Mr. D’Amore, if they were to be able to beat the red and white, would not only maintain the unbeaten run in the championship of Excellence but would also perform a good overtaking in the standings against them.
The match, valid for the third day of the Italian championship of Excellence, will be played on Sunday 26 September at 15.30 in Sant’Apollinare in Classe (Ravenna) and will be directed by the referee Chiara Sangiorgi of the Imola section, supported by the first assistant Alessandro Gabriele Ferrerio and the second assistant Dario Cascella (both from the Bologna section).
Gianni D’Amore, coach of Victor San Marino, said: “I am very happy for the qualification for the third round of the Italian Cup and, above all, for the collective performance of the team. I dedicate the success and qualification to the boys because they deserved to take off a great satisfaction. I asked the boys for a reaction after last Sunday’s bad game and there is a reaction from them. We were at a disadvantage due to an episode that can happen, but from then on the game was no longer questioned and we won it. We were good at creating a lot on a bad pitch. Sorry if the boys weren’t able to score a few more goals, but the important thing was to win and make a good performance. I don’t know whether or not there was a hand ball that obtained the benefit of the Fratta Terme advantage, but if the referee granted it, there is no problem for me. I am absolutely not worried about having suffered two consecutive penalties in as many matches between Excellence and the Italian Cup. The attitude against Fratta Terme is very good and thus also face the challenges. If the Class is first in the standings in our group of Excellence, this means that they are better than us so we will have to work harder to snatch the three points from them ”.
Emiliano Pedrazzini, defender of Victor San Marino, says: “I am honored to have worn the captain’s armband and happy to have scored the decisive goal in the Coppa Italia match against Fratta Terme. We played very well compared to last Sunday, knowing how to pay for the goal immediately and imposing our game on a pitch that was not beautiful, but in matches we can and can do more. We are all fundamental and we must always be ready when we are deployed on the pitch by Mr. D’Amore. I wouldn’t mind playing in a hypothetical three-way defense with De Queiroz and Mannarino, but we all do and will do on the pitch what Mr. D’Amore tells us by carrying out his game ideas. We prepare every match thinking only of ourselves and not which team we will face on Sunday afternoon. We aim to win any match, both of Excellence and of the Italian Cup ”.
Luca Castagnoli, midfielder of Victor San Marino, declares: “The match played against Fratta Terme was not a simple match also because of the playing field, which is different from the one where we usually train. However, everything went well: we did well to turn the situation around in our favor after falling behind at the start of the race for an episode. For us it was very important to obtain a victory, even if it reached the Italian Cup, after the internal draw against Valsanterno in Excellence. Winning is always good so much so that now we have our self-esteem and our enthusiasm skyrocketing after having taken the pass for the third round of the Italian Cup. We are an excellent team that can count on many strengths in each department that give more and more in each race to get as many successes as possible. Also next Sunday against the Class in Excellence we want to win the three points by imposing our game and scoring one more goal than our opponents “.