Despite an official confirmation of Eugenio Corini earlier in the immediate aftermath of the last game against Bologna, Brescia have indeed made their fourth coaching change of the season and are onto their third different gaffer, as the Corini was sacked again and Diego Lopez was hired as his replacement.
Corini won the first two matches, versus SPAL and Lecce, when he was re-called after his substitute Fabio Grosso got the axe, but then went on to lose five of the following seven bouts, equalizing twice, with Parma and Cagliari. Barring the collapse against Sampdoria, the Rondinelle were in the game until late in almost all of them but, like at the beginning of the season, they have often been pipped at the post. The same thing happened Saturday against the Felsinei. Corini finishes, for now, with four Ws, three ties and 12 defeats. Brescia are currently bottom of the table alongside SPAL with their 15 points, four less than the 17th-placed Lecce, which would currently be the first team to avoid relegation.
Diego Lopez, who agreed to a n18-month contract, previously worked under owner Massimo Cellino twice in Cagliari, where he started off his coaching career in the youth system in 2011 and landed on the first team’s bench in 2013 after a year as lead assistant. He was sacked in April due a 7/10/15 record. Then he went on to manage Bologna in Serie B, Palermo and came back to the Sardinians in October 2017 and managed to finish the campaign and avoid relegation. He took over Penarol in June of 2018, winning the title, while he concluded second in 2019.
He inherits a roster that is not particularly flexible, but he too utilized 4-3-1-2 in Cagliari. The alternative could be 3-5-2, swapping out a midfielder for a centre-back, but they are pretty thin defensively to deploy it consistently. Other than Sandro Tonali, they have gotten pretty uneven play from their other top contributors. Mario Balotelli, who is coming off a two-game suspension, has scored five times in 15 appearances, while Ernesto Torregrossa is coming on strong lately. The problems, on top of failing to finish matches, have mostly been on the other side of the ball, as they have given up 41 goals: only Genoa and Lecce have been perforated more. They have not changed much in January, bringing in only Birkir Bjarnason from Al Arabi and prospect Simon Skrabb from Norrkoping, parting ways with Giangiacomo Magnani, Alessandro Matri and few fringe players.
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