Tedesco unconcerned by Wolfsburg threat
By Lorenzo Zacchetti
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
PERUGIA captain Giovanni Tedesco is confident that his side can overcome Wolfsburg in their Intertoto Cup final to take their place in the Uefa Cup.
The experienced midfielder will miss the first leg of the final on Tuesday through injury, but he is confident that his team-mates can still beat the Germans even in his absence.
"Psychologically, we are totally committed to the match," Tedesco told Planetfootball.com.
"I don't think anyone of us has ever played a final before and we really care about it. We know the value of European qualification.
"As for myself, I have been struggling with a pain in my back all along the week, so I will not be on the pitch."
Tedesco revealed that Perugia are not worried about the prospect of facing Wolfsburg as he believes Nantes, who they beat in the semi-finals, are a better side.
"They play with an unusual system with four forwards and only two midfielders," added Tedesco.
"To tell you the truth, I think Nantes, who we beat in the semi-finals are a better side than Wolfsburg.
"In my opinion anyway Wolfsburg have two or three good players, but I have watched D'Alessandro on videotapes and he didn't impress me.
"We'll have to keep out eyes on him of course, but I think Stephane Ziani of Nates is much better than him."
Tedesco also praised the impact made by former Coventry striker Jay Bothroyd since his arrival at Perugia in the summer.
"I have to say he is in really good form." said Tedesco. " His physical and technical features remind of great players like Brazilian Adriano and our former team-mate Fabio Bazzani.
"He has been doing great so far, but it's too soon to give a proper evaluation on him. Jay is very young and I think the club were right to gamble on him."
Perugia are on tenterhooks ahead of their Uefa Cup qualification game against Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
The Italian side's major aim this year is to impress in the European competition, but first they face a tricky qualifier against German opposition.
"We are close to the possibility of achieving an important goal," said Parma coach Serse Cosmi.
"Not just an aim for the team, but also for the club and the city too.
"Obviously I won't make major changes, but before I announce my team I want to see how our opponents may play.
"Wolfsburg are tough opponents and they will be coming into the game with a point to prove after their 4-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund."