Parma 0-0 Chievo Verona
The Gialloblu began their 2013/14 season with an uneventful goalless draw away at Parma, a result that both sides who pride themselves on organisation and compactness will nonetheless have been relatively content with, especially in the absence of full fitness or any kind of momentum.
Chievo Verona 2-4 Napoli
Next, they produced a stubborn performance at home against Napoli – twice coming back from a goal down through a pair of clever finishes from Alberto Paloschi – but were eventually unable to stop a ruthless Partenopei from pulling away. It was Gonzalo Higuain who eventually finished them off with his first goal for Napoli since his move from Real Madrid.
Lazio 3-0 Chievo Verona
Giuseppe Sannino’s men pushed hard at the Stadio Olimpico, but Lazio were in deadly form, and goals from Antonio Candreva, Luis Pedro Cavanda and Senad Lulic put the Gialloblu to the sword in the first half. There was no way back for Chievo Verona, with Vladimir Petkovic’s men putting in a clinical performance.
Chievo Verona 2-1 Udinese
The side’s most recent result was a first win of the season against difficult opposition in the form of Udinese. Chievo Verona conceded in the very first minute to a Maicousel strike after a calamitous defensive mix-up left him free to round the keeper and slot home. But the Gialloblu dug deep and drew level soon afterwards through captain Sergio Pellissier’s shot across the face of goal. Luca Rigoni then claimed what would turn out to be the matchwinner when his deflected shot looped over Ivan Kelava.
As far as Chievo Verona’s tactical setup is concerned, they play with a standard 4-4-2 formation that Giuseppe Sannino has always favoured, tending to focus their efforts mainly down the left hand side.
At home, Alberto Paloschi drops back into more of a number 10 position, while his strike partner (Cyril Thereau against Napoli and Sergio Pellissier against Udinese) performs more of a goal poacher role.
They have proved themselves more attacking than some might have had them down as at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, creating just four less chances than Napoli and making seven against Udinese. The fact that they only put in three and four crosses in those games respectively shows that they prefer to try and find a more central opening.
Four players have been ever-present: Goalkeeper Christian Puggioni, defenders Bostjan Cesar and Boukary Dramè and midfielder Luca Rigoni.