On July 8, Thiago Motta joined La Spezia (15th last season) for three years.
A month and a half later, he started his season against Cagliari who were fighting last year for maintenance.
After a satisfying first hour of play where his players led in scoring (2-0), they finally took only one point (2-2).
A complicated meeting that the Italian technician expected before the game:
“We are going to play a difficult game.
The objective is to play well while having confidence in us. ”
A first that set the tone for the rest of the season.
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Success in Venice to get started
Despite a checkered start (two defeats and a draw), Thiago Motta is trying to find solutions to try to keep his team afloat.
With an offensive playing philosophy, the Italian coach has his first league victory at the head of La Spezia, on September 19 on the lawn of Venice (1-2).
Direct opponent in the standings, Thiago Motta managed to find the keys to the promoted.
However, the three accumulated losses (Juventus, AC Milan, Hellas Verona) following this victory have raised many questions about the end of his collaboration with the Ligurian club.
Indeed, according to
, the defeat at Hellas Verona (4-0) put Thiago Motta on the spot.
In question, a nineteenth place in the championship standings.
After the meeting, the former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder spoke at a press conference:
“I take responsibility for this defeat.
We will recover from it, ”
Confirmation expected in Genoa
Removed from his duties as Genoa coach on December 28, 2020, Thiago Motta is preparing to return to the Luigi-Ferraris stadium but against Sampdoria (rival club Genoa). Will La Spezia succeed in stringing together two consecutive Series A successes this season? This is the goal of the Italian coach. After a victory last weekend at home against Salermitana (2-1) for the first time since May, Thiago Motta is aware of the importance of the meeting between him and Sampdoria. Faced with the first non-relegation, he will have to do without a dozen players, injured or absent. With the youngest squad in the championship averaging 23.5 years old, the former Italian international will have to show character.he wants his players to bring back points from this perilous move.
La Spezia players celebrate a goal against Salermitana.
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"Thiago Motta is ready to be a coach"
Appreciated by his peers and in particular Carlo Ancelotti, currently coach of Real Madrid, he confided in his subject during an interview with the
Gazzetta dello Sport
, Italian daily, in 2013.
“In each locker room, there is has players who are ready to coach.
Thiago Motta is one of them, ”
acknowledged the current coach of the Madrid team.
After ending his career as a professional footballer, it is now up to that of a coach.
From his debut on the bench with the U19s of Paris Saint-Germain, then on that of Genoa, Thiago Motta, aged 39, sets himself a new challenge: to continue learning the profession with La Spezia in order to try to become a great coach in the years to come.