"I evaluated many things," explained the Coach. "Above all who is in the best shape, but international experience also counts.
"What mattered the most, though, was the fact in these two years the players have suffered so much and fought hard, making enormous sacrifices to get back into Serie A and Europe.
"Now I want to give them the chance in this competition that they deserve, that they earned. This is my way of showing all the respect I have for them."