Azzurri coach Paolo Zanetti spoke on the eve of today's match against Salernitana:
"There's no question that it will be a difficult match on a difficult pitch," said Zanetti. "It's difficult for me to think that a team that has invested a lot of money in the market can be considered a team fighting for the same target as us. We can accept that they have raised the bar, but then there is always the pitch. We will face an important reality, in great growth and that has an extraordinary public: it will be a stimulating and interesting challenge to continue our path and give continuity of performance. We will do everything to get results. Am I relieved about the end of the market? The end of the market starts another moment: not that they weren't before but some of the lads had the difficulty of not knowing where they were going, now their heads are totally focused on Empoli and the common target we have. Are Pjaca and Akpa-Akpro ready to play from the start? They are important players who raise the level. Physically they are not at the top but their condition is good. They are playing for places like the others".