Catania boss Luigi De Canio has challenged his new charges to haul themselves clear of the relegation zone by producing the “impossible” at Juventus Stadium on Wednesday night.
After leading Catania to last season’s record-breaking points total and equalling their best ever top-flight finish of eighth, a poor start to the current campaign saw Rolando Maran dismissed by club owner Antonino Pulvirenti.
And after witnessing Bianconeri’s dominant display in Sunday’s win over Genoa, new manager De Canio, who opened his account with a 0-0 home draw against fellow strugglers Sassuolo, says he is braced for another attacking onslaught from the reigning champions.
Speaking in Sicily ahead of his team’s departure, the 56-year-old began: “Juventus were all over Genoa. Attacking with purpose even when they’re in front forms part of their style of play. We’ll look to try and pull off the impossible by getting a positive result.
“I’ll call on my players to show the same determination witnessed in the first half against Sassuolo and to display better judgement when handling difficult moments.”
Tomorrow evening will see De Canio lock horns with former colleague Antonio Conte, who worked as his assistant at Siena during the 2005/06 campaign.
And the Matera-born tactician claims he knew from the very outset that the Bianconeri manager was destined to make it to the peak of his profession.
“Do I know how to cause them difficulties? If anything it’s the other way round, given that it was me making the decisions when we worked together. Conte hasn’t changed since then, you can tell that he would have had a successful coaching career. That’s why I asked him to come and work with me.”