SP Tre Fiori have been the most impressive performers in the opening stages of the season in San Marino, with eager young coach Floriano Sperindio telling uefa.com: "We want to reach the title play-offs and then you never know."
The team from Fiorentino are unbeaten after nine league games in Group B of the Sammarinese league and look hungry to challenge for a fifth national title, and their first since 1994/95. "We are a strong side," Sperindio said. "Our mentality is improving and I think this was our main problem in the past. Just look at this season's game against Tre Penne, when we were 3-1 down and managed to save a point."
Tre Fiori have won seven of their nine matches, scoring 29 goals and conceding just six, thanks in part to the class of goalkeeper Massimiliano Micheletti and striker Alessandro Giunta. "We want to reach the play-offs for the title and then you never know," said Sperindio. "Anything could happen. We might also reinforce our squad in January. We need an experienced defender and we already have some good names on our list."
A former player with the club he now coaches, the 35-year-old added: "Tre Fiori were my second last team as a player, and I know this environment perfectly." Having started his coaching career at S.S. Fiorentino, the relative newcomer feels he is learning fast: "It was a great experience for me even if the results were not great. However, we had a very young side so it was a good start for my new career."
Sperindio has also benefitted from working as assistant coach of the San Marino Under-19 team. "That was a very useful experience for me," he said. "I started dealing with the kinds of situations which I also have to face with my club now." One particularly useful lesson was that the foundations of a top team are psychological as well as physical. "Sometimes it's better to stop being just a coach and work on the players' mental approach. I always want my team to try to impose their game and control possession."
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