Parma coach Donadoni calls for longer winter break

Parma coach Roberto Donadoni has again called for a longer winter break in Italy.

The issue has been raised again after a host of games were called off due to snow and ice in the coldest week in Italy for 27 years, among them Parma’s test with Juventus.

“We need to anticipate conditions and make the decision earlier on games that are at risk. My impression is people ‘hope it goes well,’ then realise they have to intervene to fix a situation when it is already a problem.

“When I was in charge of the Italy squad, I already suggested the season should start in mid-August in exchange for a longer winter break. Now I see that theory is back on the table. We’ll see," said the Azzurri boss from 2006 to 2008.

“I don’t fear Tuesday’s postponement will affect our concentration, as this trip to Chievo is very important for us. Plus we’re facing a team fresh from a victory and therefore with high confidence,” said Donadoni.

“We’ve got to resume from the second half against Catania, with that same determination and concentration.”

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