Pulga plots fourth straight victory
Ivo Pulga hopes Siena are not the team to shock him out of a
wonderful dream as the Cagliari coach plots a fourth straight Serie
The former Rossoblu club captain was brought back to Sardinia in
a bid to rectify a poor start to the season, but few will have
expected the 48-year-old to secure three victories from his first
three games in charge.
And with basement boys Siena next up at the Stadio Is Arenas on
Wednesday, Pulga has reason to believe his remarkable start as head
coach will continue.
He told the club’s official website: “The dream goes on, and I
hope I leave it to the last possible moment to wake up.
“Victories always give you a boost. To get three in a row has
been unexpected but deserved.
“It may seem banal, but there is no better medicine than
victories. They inspire you to train with even more enthusiasm.
“We hope that things continue like this and the group has
demonstrated great spirit.”
Pulga has not let his perfect record go to his head, though, and
remains wary of the threat posed by Serse Cosmi’s struggling
“They have tightened up their defence,” he added.
“They don’t give much space away and we will have to be patient,
but aggressive, and look to make the most of every opening we
Defender Lorenzo Ariaudo and goalkeeper Vlada Avramov remain
injury doubts for the hosts, with Pulga set to make a late call on
the duo after training on Wednesday morning.
Cosmi will rest Alessandro Rosina, who has a muscle injury,
after deciding to start the midfielder in Saturday’s goalless draw
He told acsiena.it: “He hasn’t fully recovered, and the
discomfort is keeping him from playing at his best.
“We took a calculated risk playing him on Saturday, but now he
has to get back in good condition.”
The Robur are without a win in four outings and Cosmi wants to
arrest that alarming trend – and end Pulga’s hot streak – in the
“We need to improve on our performance against Palermo, but we
are starting to show some positive signs, like solidity in
defence,” he added.
“We will come up against a team that is in great form and great
shape. We will have to improve to get a result.”