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6 hours ago, anagain said:

Arrivaderci Faroes, ciao Siena.

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6 hours ago, anagain said:

I think I saw you say you struggled with a smaller country last year. I did too, with Luxembourg. Have also gone to a more established league.

Yes, I loaded up the Scandinavian Leagues but also added a custom database and started in the Faroe Islands. Unfortunately, I was unable to escape the Faroes for any of the more established (default) Nations / Leagues.

6 hours ago, anagain said:

Buona fortuna with the Sienese!

Grazie.

And the same to you buona fortuna ūüćÄ on your save.

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Game date: Friday 6th August 2021

Siena to play Renato Curi Angolana in friendly

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After two pre-season friendlies had to be cancelled due to clashes with the two leg Coppa Italia First Round tie against Potenza, we decided to arrange one more friendly.

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Game date: Friday 6th August 2021

Squad Review

My Assistant Manager, Gaetano Caridi and I discussed the first team squad after training today.

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6 hours ago, Bitner said:

Looks like you got a good team, but no good subs :/

Cheers,
Bitner 

That's a fair assessment, @Bitner.

I guess a lot depends on what level, relatively speaking, three stars *** actually is.

We'll find out over the next few pre-season matches and once the Serie C Girone B campaign gets underway.

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Game date: Saturday 7th August 2021

Pre-match: Rimini (a)

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Siena had already played one pre-season friendly before I was appointed manager, leaving me a lot to do in a short space of time.

The main priorities are getting the squad match fit and comfortable with the way I want them to play, whilst at the same time working towards a starting 11 for the opening game of the Serie C Girone B campaign, as well as determining who can contribute this season and who we should be looking to move on.

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Definitely ruled out today through injury are Abdoul Aziz Sare and Vincenzo Gatto.

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We also need to be careful with Luca Milesi who is struggling for fitness at the moment and Niccolo Marcellusi and Marco Meli who have only recently returned to training.

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Game date: Saturday 7th August 2021

Rimini v Siena - pre-season friendly

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It's early days and, with all due respect to Rimini, we were playing a team we were expected to beat, but I was very happy with what I saw from the players today.

We were very comfortable during the game, kept a cleansheet, scored three good goals and, on another day, could easily have scored more.

We gave Christian Mora and Luca Milesi the first 45 minutes because of fitness concerns and the other starters played just over an hour. In the next friendly, we'll look to build Christian and Luca up to an hour and give the other substitutes a start and see if we can get them to 60 minutes playing time.

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Game date: Saturday 7th August 2021

Siena release Gatto

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I really didn't like doing this to Vincenzo Gatto, especially as he's currently out until around June next year with cruciate ligament damage, but my assistant manager Gaetano Caridi assured me that the 29 year-old wouldn't be good enough to play for us when he returned from his injury.

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Game date: Saturday 7th August 2021

Sare released by Siena

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I probably felt even worse about releasing Abdoul Aziz Sare, than I did Vincenzo Gatto because Abdoul is a young player but, hopefully, he'll be able to find another football club once he's recovered from his cruciate ligament injury in around three months time.

Again, I took advice from my Assistant Manager Gaetano Caridi who advised me Abdoul wasn't good enough to play for Siena.

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Game date: Wednesday 11th August 2021

Pre-match: Renato Curi Angolana - friendly

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Apart from Luca Milesi and Marco Meli who we're trying to get up to full fitness we have a clean bill of health according to my medical staff, although we did have to release cruciate knee ligament sufferers Vincenzo Gatto and Abdoul Aziz Sare to create some wriggle room in the wage budget to wheel and deal.

We've signed free agents Andrea Bianchini and James Uhunamure and we'll try and give them both some playing time today.

We're still working on some more deals, both in and out, but there's some way to go on those before we can confirm anything in public.

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The plan today, basically, is to build up the playing time of the players as we look to get them match fit.

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Game date: Wednesday 11th August 2021

Renato Curi Angolana v Siena - pre-season friendly

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Tonight we were just unbelievably good. We scored six goals and they didn't have a single shot all game.

We got the starting 11 through an hour and then the outfield substitutes came on for the last 30 minutes.

Over the next couple of matches we'll look to get 22 players through a full 90 minutes, either in the friendly at home to Uerdingen or in the first-leg of the Coppa Italia cup-tie at Potenza.

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Game date: Friday 13th August 2021

Siena send Zaccone back to Genoa

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After signing Luigi D'Ignazio, we had four left-backs with Alessandro Favalli, Ricardo Farcas and Lorenzo Zaccone so, with some regret, we cancelled Lorenzo's loan and sent him back to Genoa, also saving ourselves £575.00 per week in wages.

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Game date: Saturday 14th August 2021

Pre-match: Uerdingen (H)

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Apart from Marco Meli, who's fitness we're monitoring, we're at full strength.

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In the last of our pre-season friendlies, before the two Coppa Italia legs, I'm really looking forward to managing my first Siena home game at Artemio Franchi.

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Game date: Saturday 14th August 2021

Siena v Uerdingen - pre-season friendly

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I'm delighted with the performance and result against Uerdingen today, particularly so for the Siena supporters inside Artemio Franchi.

I know it's only pre-season, but that's three wins out of three since my appointment, scoring 11 and conceding none. Things will get more difficult, when we play Serie C Girone C side Potenza over two-legs in the Coppa Italia and get our Serie C Grirone B campaign underway, but the players look sharp, fit and ready.

I can't wait to get started with the competitive games when it really matters.

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Game date: Thursday 19th August 2021

Pre-match: Potenza (a) - Coppa Italia First Round First Leg

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We've gone unbeaten during pre-season. The draw with Casale was before I was appointed. The players have been magnificent for the three pre-season friendlies I was in charge for, scoring 11 and conceding none.

The players have worked hard, taken on board what we've been telling them, and put it into practice on the pitch. Now they have to prove they can do the same in competitive matches.

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The Coppa Italia may not be important to our Board but the players and the coaching staff want to take it seriously and progress as far as we can.

Potenza also play in Serie C although they are in a different Gironde to us. It should be a good test of where we’re at as a squad before our own Serie C Gironde B campaign gets underway.

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Game date: Thursday 19th August 2021

Potenza v Siena - Coppa Italia First Round First Leg

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That was a great way to start our season and my managerial career. I thought the players were outstanding today from first whistle to last and thoroughly deserved their victory.

We started brightly and Tommaso Bianchi was unlucky in the second minute when first one post, then the other, prevented him giving us the lead.

We hit the post again on nine minutes, when Tofol Montiel crossed to the far post and Ignacio Lores Varela's header hit the post.

The breakthrough came on 21 minutes when Tofol Montiel slid the ball into the penalty area and Alberto Paloschi scored.

Alberto Paloschi turned provider on 38 minutes when his through ball put Ignacio Lores Varela clean through to double the lead.

We thought we'd made it three on 58 minutes when Claudio Terzi's shot bounced back off the post, and Alberto Paloschi pounced on the rebound to slot the ball home... but the offside flag denied him.

We've done very well winning the away leg 2-0 but we now have to complete the job in the second leg in front of our own supporters in Artemio Franchi.

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Game date: Sunday 22nd August 2021

Pre-match: Potenza (H) - Coppa Italia First Round Second Leg

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We have given ourselves a great chance of progressing through to the next round after winning 2-0 away at Potenza but we have to be professional today and avoid any complacency.

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We have a clean bill of health but, after receiving yellow cards in the first leg, 

Alessandro Favalli and Salvatore Pezzella are one more yellow away from a suspension so we'll look to rest them. Otherwise, I think we'll stick with the same lineup that performed so well in the first leg.

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Game date: Sunday 22nd August 2021

Siena v Potenza - Coppa Italia First Round Second Leg

(Siena lead 2-0)

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What a roller-coaster of emotions that game was. We started slowly and Potenza were the better team in the first-half and deserved their one goal lead at the break.

We were better after the break and Cassio Cardoselli rattled the crossbar with a long-range shot on 47 minutes.

As the half wore on, we weren't sure whether to stick or twist as we were losing 0-1 on the day but leading 2-1 on aggregate. If it had been a Serie C Girone B game I would've gone more attacking but, with the aggregate lead, we stuck as were.

On 81 minutes it looked like we were heading for extra-time after we were caught flat-footed by a high ball that put Giovanni Volpe clean through to level the scores on aggregate.

But then, in added on time, two substitutes rescued us. Giuseppe Caccavallo put Ottar Magnus Karlsson away and he kept his nerve and composure to slot the ball past their goalkeeper and put us through to the next round.

I'm admittedly biased but, I thought, over the full 180 minutes we deserved to go through but Potenza deserve a lot of credit for how they played today.

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1 hour ago, Bitner said:

Too close for comfort, huh?

Cheers,
Bitner 

Tell me about it, @Bitner. Potenza played so much better at our Artemio Franchi Stadium than they did at their place.

After how comfortably we won the first leg away from home against Potenza, the second leg was a shock to the system. And a wake up call!

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Game date: Monday 23rd August 2021

Siena set record low attendance

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Given that we have sold close to 2,000 season tickets for the new campaign, and are projected to sell around 2,200 in total, it was disappointing that only 72 Siena I Bianconeri supporters turned up at the Artemio Franchi Stadium to watch our Coppa Italia Lega Pro second leg against Potenza.

I'm hoping that's the reason the players looked flat and lethargic in that cup-tie.

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We play our first home game in Serie C Girone B against Gubbio in 19 days time on Sunday 12th September 2021. Hopefully there will be more Siena supporters in attendance and a better atmosphere.

Forza I Bianconeri !

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Game date: Wednesday 25th August 2021

Captain, my captain

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We've been having weekly backroom staff meetings from the day I arrived and, from the very start, they've expressed a view that I should change the captaincy from Stefano Guberti and vice-captain Leonardo Terigi.

I didn't want to make any knee jerk reactions but, after seeing the players in training and in matches, I agree with them.

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I spoke to Stefano and Leonardo and, whilst understandably disappointed, they were both fine about stepping down.

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Game date: Sunday 29th August 2021

Press Conference: Cesena (a)

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Our season really starts today. I know we've already played two legs of the Coppa Italia Lega Pro against Potenza, but our Board consider that competition not important and only 72 of our supporters turned up for the second leg at home at the Artemio Franchi Stadium so I'm guessing the I Bianconeri aren't that engaged with it either.

Today we're away to Cesena in our opening Serie C Girone B fixture and we're expecting a difficult game as the media have predicted us to finish 6th and Cesena one place higher in 5th.

We've looked sharp in training and are confident of getting off to a good start. 

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Fortunately, our medical staff have given the entire squad a clean bill of health.

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After making changes for the second leg against Potenza, I'm looking to go back to the starting 11 that played so well in the first leg, winning 2-0 away from home.

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Game date: Sunday 29th August 2021

Cesena v Siena - Serie C Girone B (1)

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We wanted to get off to a winning start and we did exactly that against Cesena but we certainly did it the hard way, playing the best part of 50 minutes with 10-men following Alessandro Favalli's red card.

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We started the game brightly, playing on the front foot, and looking the better team, only for Cesena to take an early lead against the run of play. Ironically, we were attacking in the final third, gave the ball away unnecessarily and Cesena counter-attacked. Even then, Claudio Terzi won the ball with a brilliant sliding tackle on the edge of our penalty area but the ball ran to Pierini, who thread it through to Caturano who scored.

That was a blow but, to be fair to our players, they kept going and continued to take the game to Cesena.

We were level by the quarter hour mark when Salvatore Pezzella slotted a ball through into the penalty area, Tofol Montiel took it in his stride and calmly guided it past the goalkeeper.

By 42 minutes we were ahead, Christian Mora did brilliantly down the right wing, crossed to the far post, and Alberto Paloschi headed us into the lead.

Then came Alessandro Favalli's moment of madness, a lunging two-footed tackle that I cannot defend as it could easily have broken their player’s leg. 

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We had to sacrifice Tommaso Bianchi to bring on Luigi D'Ignazio but we were still looking to reorganise at the back when Pierini set-up Bortolussi and it was 2-2 at the break.

My backroom staff wanted to go very defensive but I felt we could still get something out of the game and decided to stick with it and see how the second-half went.

In all honesty, a neutral wouldn't have known we were a man down and we continued to make chances. We used our subs as legs, understandably became tired, and with time running out, our goalkeeper Ivan Lanni launched a long clearance forward, substitute Ottar Magnus Karlsson out-muscled their centre-back, found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper, and calm as you like threaded the ball into the bottom corner to give us a 3-2 lead.

Then we did go very defensive and saw the game out.

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Game date: Wednesday 1st September 2021

Summer 2021 Transfer Window Closes

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Associazione Calcio Siena as a football club have been very busy this transfer window.

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18 of our 21 signings joined the club before I was appointed. The three players I signed were Andrea Bianchini, James Uhunamure and Luigi D'Ignazio.

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Game date: Sunday 5th September 2021

Press Conference: Reggiana (a)

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Reggiana kicked-off their Serie C Girone B campaign with a 1-1 draw away to Olbia. Reggiana are predicted to finish 3rd this season, having been relegated from Serie B last season, so we're anticipating another difficult game.

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Our squad was given a clean bill of health and then Lorenzo Peresin twisted his ankle in training.

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Left-back Alessandro Favalli is suspended after his red card against Cesena so Luigi D'Ignazio gets an opportunity to start and stake a claim for a starting spot. That change is likely to be the only one we make.

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Game date: Sunday 5th September 2021

Reggiana v Siena - Serie C Girone B (2)

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I can't tell you how annoyed I am to have lost that game. We were 2-0 up, deservedly so, with just 11 minutes to go and we've somehow let in three goals in that last 11+ minutes and thrown it away.

Yes we made a number of substitutions, taking off important players, but the subs coming on should've been good enough to see that game out. We should've won. At the very least we should've drawn. To lose that game... the way we did... I'm lost for words.

I thought Christian Mora was outstanding today. He caused Reggiana problems down the right wing all game and his crosses for Ignacio Lores Varela and Albert Paloschi's goals were superb.

But all our hard work for 79 minutes counted for nothing in the end because of the sloppy manner in which we finished the game.

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Game date: Wednesday 8th September 2021

Press Conference: Pro Sesto (H)

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It's a change from the league today as we entertain Serie C Girone A side Pro Sesto at Armenio Franchi Stadium in the second round first leg of the Coppa Italia Lega Pro. Pro Sesto have started their season well with a win and a draw in Serie C Girone A.

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Lorenzo Peresin remains unavailable through injury. Alessandro Favalli has served his suspension but, due to the reckless and unnecessary manner of his sending off, Alessandro is going to have to be patient for now. In truth, he has some bridges to build before he'll be considered for a return to the team.

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I'll be going with an unchanged starting 11 as I'm looking for a reaction after losing to Reggiana last time out.

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Game date: Wednesday 8th September 2021

Siena v Pro Sesto - Coppa Italia Lega Pro 2nd round 1st leg

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That was more like it. Just like the Reggiana game we established a deserved 2-0 lead, this time through goals from Alberto Paloschi and Salvatore Pezzella.

We again made our full five substitutes, mainly replacing tired legs.

Only this time, we were able to see the game out with a clean sheet and a win. It gives us a nice lead ahead of the second leg away from home.

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Game date: Sunday 12th September 2021

Siena v Gubbio (H)

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I've been looking forward to our first home game in Serie C Girone B at the Artemio Franchi Stadium.

Gubbio, who are predicted to finish one place below us in 7th, have started the season with a draw and a defeat.

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After the response in midweek against Pro Sesto in the Coppa Italia Lega Pro, I'll be looking to name an unchanged starting 11.

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Game date: Sunday 12th September 2021

Siena v Gubbio - Serie C Girone B (3)

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Unfortunately this was just one of those games. I thought we had the better of it, and we created enough chances to win it, but we just couldn't convert any of them or beat their goalkeeper.

We did think we'd taken the lead just before half-time when Ignacio Lores Varela put the ball in the back of the net, only for an offside flag to go up.

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We finished the game with 10-men when Christian Mora went off with an ankle injury after we'd made all of our substitutions.

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Game date: Wednesday 15th September 2021

Press Conference: Pro Sesto (a)

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It's back to the cup today as we take a 2-0 lead from the home leg at the Artemio Franchi Stadium into the Coppa Italia Lega Pro second round second leg away against Pro Sesto.

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Our injury list is starting to grow and Christian Mora will be a big miss for us.

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We have players on a yellow card who are one more away from a suspension in the Coppa Italia Lega Pro so we're looking to rest Matteo Darini (DR), Luca Milesi (DC), Leonardo Terigi (DC), Cassio Cardoselli (MC) and Salvatore Pezzella (MC).

Also on a yellow card is Alessandro Favalli who is still in my bad books following his red card against Cesena in our opening Serie B Girone C game.

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Game date: Wednesday 15th September 2021

Pro Sesto v Siena - Coppa Italia Lega Pro 2nd round 2nd leg

(Siena lead 2-0)

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I'll be honest, after the way we capitulated against Reggiana, making substitutions and throwing away a 2-0 lead in the last 11 minutes to lose 2-3, I thought long and hard about resting the five or six players on a yellow card but, in the end, I decided to give the players who came on against Reggiana another chance to show me what they could do. 

I was particularly looking for the central defenders Diego Conson and Leonardo Terigi to step up and give a performance. And they did, and then some. All of the players that came in put in a real shift against Pro Sesto.

We looked comfortable and took a deserved lead when Tommaso Bianchi headed in Tofol Montiel's cross.

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We don't do things the easy way at Siena though and the odds were against us on 67 minutes when 17 year-old Andrea Morosi was sent off for a second yellow card. It was an unnecessary tackle and Andrea needs to learn from that.

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We had to sacrifice Alberto Acquadro from midfield to bring Matteo Darini on at right-back.

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Pro Sesto really went for it with the extra man and fair play to them. They put us under a lot of pressure and Ivan Lanni in our goal and his back-four were magnificent.

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We changed to a very defensive system and saw the game out with a clean sheet, a 1-0 win on the night and an overall 3-0 aggregate victory.

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Game date: Saturday 18th September 2021

Press Conference: Pescara (a)

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We're expecting a difficult game today. Pescara were relegated from Serie B last season and are the pre-season favourites to win Serie C Girone B this season.

Like us, they've started with a win, a draw and a loss from their opening three Serie C Girone B fixtures.

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We have no new injuries and I'll be looking to recall the players I rested for the Coppa Italia Lega Pro game at Pro Sesto in midweek.

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Game date: Saturday 18th September 2021

Pescara v Siena - Serie C Girone B (4)

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I'm delighted with the draw today and, on another day, we could've won it as Alberto Paloschi grabbed a goal for us, also blazed another two opportunities over the bar, and with the score still 0-0, he had a header ruled out for offside.

At times Pescara looked a very good side, but we hung in there, stayed with them, and kept it competitive. To be fair, their goal came from a piece of individual brilliance from Eugenio D'Ursi.

For all our possession, Pescara created more chances than us and, at times, we were indebted to Claudio Terzi and Luca Milesi at the heart of our defence and Ivan Lanni in our goal.

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We lost Tommaso Bianchi to a bruised knee midway through the first half and that was a blow.

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Game date: Sunday 26th September 2021

Press Conference: Pesaro (H)

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Pesaro are currently 11th in Serie C Girone B having won one, drawn two and lost one.

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It's only our second Serie C Girone B home game of the season and we'd love to get our first home league win of the season in front of our own supporters at the Artemio Franchi Stadium. After drawing 0-0 with Gubbio last time we were at home it would be great to maximise our fan day with a home win. 

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Ignacio Lores Varela twisted his knee in training this week so Ottar Magnus Karlsson will come in for him today. If we need Ignacio off the bench, our medical team have passed him fit to play.

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