Coppa: Atalanta cruise to quarter-finals
Atalanta set up a Quarter Final with Juventus, easing to a 3-0 win over Pescara in the Coppa Italia.
Goals from Cristian Raimondi and Alberto Grassi quickly put the Bergamaschi in control, before a late clincher from Aleksandar Pesic.
Coach Gian Piero Gasperini looked to be on the verge of the sack after a 1-0 defeat at home to Palermo on September 21, but the Orobici haven’t lost since.
Gasperini made a raft of changes for the match, with a League trip to Juve looming on Saturday night.
It was apparent early on that their fine form would continue, with Raimondi putting the hosts ahead after just seven minutes.
Grassi doubled the lead just before the half-hour mark, virtually securing Atalanta’s place in the Quarter Finals.
Both sides made changes in a largely flat second half, before Serbian forward Pesic sealed the result at the death.
Palermo sack De Zerbi
Last night’s Coppa Italia defeat to Spezia was the last straw for Palermo Coach Roberto De Zerbi, with Eugenio Corini replacing him.
The Rosanero have lost every Serie A game at the Barbera this season, and were knocked out of the Coppa Italia at home to the Serie B side this afternoon.
Having been given a stay of execution earlier this week, President Maurizio Zamparini has finally lost patience with his Coach.
"Having assessed the situation of the first team, the club feels compelled to change Coach and has entrusted the first team to Eugenio Corini," a statement from Palermo confirmed.
It's the third change of the season, with Davide Ballardini sacked after two games to make way for De Zerbi.
Zamp: ‘De Zerbi wanted the sack!’
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini claims Roberto De Zerbi wanted to be sacked, so he’ll try to break his contract for “gross misconduct”.
The Coach was given the backing of the club earlier this week, but was sacked this evening following elimination from the Coppa Italia at the hands of Spezia.
“A pitiful match,” Zamparini told reporters.
“A pitiful squad and a pitiful Coach. The day before the match I sent him a message on his mobile phone telling him that I didn’t care about the Fiorentina match, but that the Spezia one was a very delicate one from a psychological perspective.
“That’s why I asked him to play all the starters. He put out a team with a load of reserves. I’m sure he did it to get sacked, and therefore I’ll seek termination of his contract for gross misconduct.
“I’m disappointed by this, because rather than being an insult to me, it’s an insult to Palermo fans and their passion.”
Zamparini previously revealed that De Zerbi would be due "a lot of money" if sacked, but a gross misconduct charge would waive any compensation.