Eusebio Di Francesco says his relegation threatened side will “fight to the death” as they look to upset the odds by gaining a positive result against league leaders Juventus on Monday night in Sassuolo.
The 44-year-old coach admits the gulf in class between the teams will make for a difficult task, but believes his men will enter the game full of confidence after hauling themselves out of the drop zone with a return of seven points from their last three games.
Speaking to the media earlier today, the 44-year-old said: “We want to stay in Serie A. The Bianconeri have three times as many points as we do, but we’re enjoying a positive spell at present.
“We’ll look to impose our style of play and put in a great performance from start to finish. The lads want to get out there and give all they’ve got. Playing on Monday has enabled us to have an added day in which to prepare.”
After cropping up in Antonio Conte’s earlier pre-match press conference, Rudi Garcia’s suggestions of smaller teams operating damage limitation strategies instead of going all out for the win against Juventus were also put to Di Francesco.
“It's a subject that isn't even worth the time of day. We’re Sassuolo, there are four games remaining and not going out to get a result seems illogical as far as I’m concerned.
“I agree with what Conte said, respect is also needed for smaller teams who fight to the death, just as we will do tomorrow against Juventus. This is a really important game for us.”