Verona expels Salerno and is safe

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Salernitana-Verona 1-2

Hellas Verona masterpiece, Baroni-Sogliano masterpiece. President Maurizio Setti’s Hellas Verona, led by coach Marco Baroni and sportingly directed by Sean Sogliano, won salvation with one day in advance when last season salvation came after the victorious play-off against Spezia. 

Hellas won it on one of the hottest pitches in Serie A, Salerno, supported by 326 fans who came from Verona, against an already relegated Salernitana but who sold their skins dearly. By the Slovak Tomas Suslov (22’) and Folorunsho (48’) in the first half the goals of the double Veronese advantage, by Giulio Maggiore at 90’ the goal of Salernitana, then the most suffered 5 minutes of recovery that put an end to a’rocambolic year. 

A season that at one point became an enigma when, last January, President Setti instructed ds Sogliano to sell as much as possible in the January market to solve the company’s financial problems. Fifteen left including Ngonge (Napoli), Djuric (Monza), Terracciano (Milan), Hien (Atalanta), Faraoni (Fiorentina), Doig (Sassuolo), Hongla (Granada). To say that some of these were motivated by other destinations and considered their stay in Gialloblù at the end of the line. 

In contrast, about ten arrived, including Noslin, Vinagre, Dani Silva, Swiderski. Players unknown to most, but not to Sean Sogliano, who last season had brought Duda and Ngonge to the Gialloblù Duda and Ngonge: the creator of quality technical choices that convinced even the most skeptical and in the end rewarded once again his buying campaign. 

At the end of the first leg Hellas was third last along with Udinese and Cagliari, -1 from salvation. Revolving doors at the sports center in Peschiera del Garda, no insider would bet a euro on Verona’s salvation with the Setti presidency soundly challenged by a disoriented and embittered fan base. 

In this context, the one who did not make a crease, who followed his own line, who did not “split” the’environment and would have had more than one reason to do so, who did not abandon the bank that was getting into increasingly dangerous and murky waters, è was the Giallobl&ugrave coach; Baroni. Not a crease did he make, not a word out of line. Exemplary in his professionalismà from the first day of summer preparation to the well-deserved salvation. He’è took charge, with his collaborators, of the new signings, created a mix with the remaining players, reinvented Serdar a player from the Bundesliga who had become a mystery object, remotivated Lazovic, Bonazzoli and Henry, made Suslov and Noslin explode, pushed Folorunsho to the point of being called to the national team by coach Spalletti. By the way: Suslov, Noslin, Folorunsho, three names on the launching pad of the next buying campaign. But that will be; the near future. The sweet present rhymes with a salvation first unhoped for, then uncertain until the last gasp. 

It’s not over yet. There’è the last day, there’è the end of the championship to honor. Sunday, May 26, 8:45 pm at the Bentegodi arrives the’Inter champion of Italy. Opponent against which the gialloblù of the unflappable Marco Baroni, the stopper of the second scudetto of Maradona’s Napoli, will celebrate salvation in Serie A.

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