Sunday, 27 May 2007

Beretta's Siena dedication

Siena boss Mario Beretta had a very special dedication for former President Paolo De Luca, who died earlier this year.

"This achievement must be dedicated to President De Luca, who created this club in recent years, and to his family, the staff and everyone who followed us in the stands through the year," said the coach.

The Tuscans needed a victory over Lazio today to stay in Serie A and snatched the 2-1 result five minutes from time with Paolo Negro’s goal.

"Clearly when Lazio scored with 15 minutes to go, it all became very complicated. The final stages were a mirror of our entire season – lots of chances and lots of mistakes."

There is a great deal of superstition in Italian football and Beretta revealed his squad had made a pledge if they avoided relegation.

"At the final whistle I went straight down to the locker room with my players. We will all go to an abbey around 40km from Siena – myself, the players and the staff."

Despite keeping them in the top flight, the coach is still not sure whether he will remain at the Stadio Franchi. "I don’t know, we will see. I still have a year on my contract, but the important thing was to achieve safety."

Source: C4 Football Italia

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