Cremonese, Stroppa: “Fulignati among the strongest goalkeepers in Serie B, Vandeputte will give us a hand”

John StroppaCremonese coach, spoke at the start of the season press conference. These are his words reported by the official website of the grigiorossi: “

“The last championship was difficult and competitive, the next one will be even more so, because Serie B is constantly growing also from an economic point of view. Very famous teams are participating and they will want to win; continuing the path of last season is fundamental for us, as it is to compete as protagonists in the tradition of Cremonese. For this I thank the president Arvedi who has renewed his trust in me and my staff”.

The coach’s first comment on the new signings Fulignati and Vandeputte was the following: “Technically, they are top players with important numbers. In my opinion, Fulignati is one of the strongest goalkeepers in the category and Vandeputte is a midfielder who can give us a hand; beyond the numbers, the right motivations count. Last year I arrived when the championship had already started but thanks to the choices and clear ideas, the team played as protagonists. I chose Cremonese for the coat of arms, for the quality of the ownership and for what Cremona represents. I am aware that I have had a great response from the team and what happened last season is the basis: whoever arrives here will have to grow that basis. With the director there is maximum sharing on market operations starting from the characteristics of functional players. We have an advantage: working with a group that knows me and knows each other and consequently on some aspects we can go by heart. We will resume training with them tomorrow, but it is as if we never left each other and this is priceless. Now we must consolidate and add different qualities and motivations to an already competitive group”.

Friendlies will be a fundamental part of the preparation journey: “If there was the possibility, I would always face Serie A teams because this gives you a different thermometer of the situation but the tests are all competitive. The work we will set up is more or less the same as always even if we start 5/6 days later than we are used to”.

Among the topics discussed was that of the first striker and the other offensive elements: “I won’t give names and surnames. We’ll see who we can get: I have no preclusions about technical or physical qualities. In my game, the elements under the striker are also important. Let’s not forget that we have players in the squad who change the game like Johnsen, Falletti, Buonaiuto or Vazquez”.

And with respect to the goalkeepers’ park: “In today’s football the goalkeeper can make a difference and those we had available last season have all done very well. Now there’s also Fulignati who, as I’ve already said, is one of the best in the category”.