After eight wins from ten games, SP Tre Penne coach Stefano Ceci has every reason to be confident of a maiden Campionato title. "I didn't expect these figures; it's an important sign," he told uefa.com.
The Sammarinese top flight will resume on February 6 after the winter break with SP La Fiorita leading Group A on 19 points and Ceci's Tre Penne topping Group B with 25. "Our next target is to improve our defence," Ceci explained, referring to his side's ten goals conceded to date. "Experience has taught me that to win a title a team must concede less. Improving these numbers is our main objective for the resumption of the season."
Tre Penne are two points ahead of S.S. Pennarossa and six clear of SP Tre Fiori and SC Faetano at the Group B summit. "We must look only at ourselves if we want to continue on the same path," Ceci added. "Pennarossa are a mature team who can get good results even when they don't play at their best, Tre Fiori are the reigning champions and they improved their squad ahead of the season. But our squad is also very competitive and we don't need to sign new players. We are always trying to make the squad younger ahead of the season and then finish with the same players we started the campaign with."
Ceci is particularly pleased with the performances of 35-year-old striker Maurizio Di Giuli – Group B leading scorer with eight goals – and Mirko Palazzi, 22. "Di Giuli is not a surprise for me," he said. "He returned to Tre Penne keen to prove to everybody that he's still a good player, eager for a second chance – he's using it in the best possible way. Palazzi is a great surprise though. For the good of the team I was forced to change his usual role, but his response was great."
With three teams from San Marino competing in the qualifying rounds of UEFA competition for the first time next season, Ceci aims to take Tre Penne to a new level: "It would be huge to play in Europe," he admitted. "As a footballer I played over 100 games in professional football and over 400 with amateurs. However, a European game is a completely different story. It would be fantastic for everybody at the club."
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