Brescia appoint Grosso after sacking Corini

Brescia fired Eugenio Corini on Sunday night after the loss to Hellas Verona and announced today the hiring of Fabio Grosso. The Rondinelle are in the middle of a three-game losing streak, as they have been defeated recently also by Genoa and Inter. They are penultimate in the standings, having collected just seven points so far by downing Cagliari and Udinese away and tying with Fiorentina.

The Biancoblu had their best performances against the top teams, as they were in the match until late versus Juventus, Napoli and the Nerazzurri, always losing by just one goal, but that did not translate into positive results in easier contests, which doomed Corini, even though he led them to the promotion with a dominant season last year.

Grosso became a coach at a youth level at Juventus in 2014 and was then appointed by Bari in Serie B in 2017, ending his first campaign with a playoff exit. He then moved to Verona and lasted until May even though his team visibly underperformed. He was axed late and Alfredo Aglietti helmed them to a successful post-season run.

The world champion often used 4-3-3 in the past, a scheme he would have trouble utilizing here due to the lack of offensive wingers. So far, they have deployed 4-3-1-2 for the most part, switching to 3-5-2 just recently to be stouter defensively. They were pretty good to open the season with Ernesto Torregrossa and Alfredo Donnarumma up front and Romulo in the hole, but Torregrossa quickly got hurt and they had to move Romulo to the midfield after the injury to Daniele Dessena and Nikolas Spalek has not been as effective as trequartista. Donnarumma, after a scorching hot start, has stopped producing once Mario Balotelli returned from suspension. The former Nice striker instead has bagged two goals in four appearances.

They had to navigate through several absences, as Giangiacomo Magnani has yet to feature and Emanuele Ndoj, who was one of their centre-pieces in 2018, has just returned from ankle surgery and is looking to find his groove. If he manages to do that in short order and resume being an impactful box-to-box, they could have successful with the diamond formation, advancing Romulo again. With a three-man defence, instead, they had to rely on rookies Massimiliano Mangraviti and Ales Mateju due to the physical problems of Jhon Chancellor and Magnani, and still conceded twice in both contests.

They have enough quality in the roster to turn it around, as Sandro Tonali has been a star so far, but also Andrea Cistana, new goalie Jesse Joronen, Dimitri Bisoli and Stefano Sabelli have been pretty good, but they need Balotelli and Donnarumma to improve their chemistry, as on paper it is an offensive duo that can make a big difference.

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