Serie B Preview: Pisa

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

No one expected Pisa to do as well as they did last season when they made it to the play-offs and this coming season is likely to be met by similar expectations. Their hopes have been hit by the dismantling of last season’s impressive forward line with Alessandro Cerci and Vitali Kutuzov both returning to Roma and Parma respectively whilst Javier Ignazio Castillo has been sold to Lecce.

At least they’ve retained manager Giampiero Ventura, something that was in doubt for quite a while as the club’s ownership changed hands. Ultimately that was sorted when Luca Pomponi took over from Leo Covarelli, the man who had financed Pisa’s rise to the Serie B but who eventually decided that his money was better spent financing his hometown club of Perugia.

All that hasn’t helped the club’s preparations and as yet their only significant arrival is the experienced full-back Alessandro Birindelli. Ventura will have to alter his tactical approach given that his forward line is much less talented than it was last season. They should still enjoy a quite enough season but hopes of repeating, let alone improving, on last year’s success are rather far fetched.

Key Man: Gael Genevier
Best Bit of Business: Alessandro Birindelli from Juventus
Key an Eye out for…on-loan midfielder Ivan Radovanovic

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