Lugano want to play Super League football for a long time.
Our 2018-19 season preview.
Lugano are about to start their fourth narrow Super League season. Considering the low budget and Renzetti’s “solitude”, that’s not nothing…
The 2018-19 season promises to be a tough one. In fact, it’s gonna be tough for every team apart from Basel and Young Boys. Oftentimes, the difference between a “European position” finish and relegation is a matter of details… Normally in fact, until the end of April, most of teams can still dream Europe and at the same time have to be careful not to end up in the Challenge League.
Well, most likely, it’s gonna be like that also this season. And Lugano will probably be part of this group of teams that until the beginning of May do not know what is gonna be their destiny.
Therefore… best wishes, Bianconeri!
Sion away, Young Boys at home and Luzern away. One can’t say that the schedule is favourable for the boys of Abascal.
Clearly all the opponents are to be faced. However, a good start in terms of points is a great boost for the morale.
Then again, there is something that sort of bodes well for the Bianconeri. Namely, the schedule of the last five games of the season. Lugano will host Luzern, then will travel to Thun, then will host St. Gallen, will travel to Neuchâtel and finally will host Grasshopper. In other words, on paper, Lugano has a favourable last part of the season. Which, both in case of a European dream or a relegation threat, it can be a good advantage.
Then sure, it means everything and nothing at the same time.
THE POSSIBLE SCENARIOS
Europa League qualification. Be it direct to the group stages, through the qualification rounds or thanks to the Swiss Cup. Lugano has got us used to being capable of everything and its opposite. We mean, it’s a schizophrenic team. If the Bianconeri can grow as the season goes by, and if they can stay away from futile polemics, the “European” dream might not be impossible…
Relegation. You can’t take anything for granted in the Super League… even more so this season that sees the reintroduction of the tiebreaker between the second last of the Super League and the second placed of the Challenge League. Obviously Lugano (on paper) have enough quality to survive. But as sees last season, a negative streak of results risk to cost a lot. We mean, the Bianconeri can be confident ahead of this season. But it’s crucial to keep the feet on the ground and be ready, if necessary, to fight for survival. That’s in order to avoid unpleasant surprises…
Oftentimes, Lugano starts out on the wrong foot when he plays in the top tier…
2015-16 Season, day one: FC St. Gallen vs FC Lugano 2-0
2016-17 Season, day one: FC Lugano vs FC Luzern 1-2
2017-18 Season, day one: FC Luzern vs FC Lugano 1-0
2001-02 Season, day one: BSC Young Boys vs FC Lugano 1-1
In fact, Lugano’s last opener win in the top tier goes back to July 15, 2000. On that day at the Cornaredo, the Bianconeri earned a 1-0 home win against FC St. Gallen thanks to Christian Gimenez goal scored in the 32nd minute of play.
The last away win in opener instead, goes back to the 1994-15 season… On July 27, 1994, the Bianconeri back then under Roberto Morinini won 1-0 against Basel thanks to Giuseppe Manfreda’s goal scored in the 74th minute of play.
Arrivals: Juan Maraver (Assistant), Salah Aziz Binous (U18), Assan Ceesay (Chiasso), Tomas Cocimano (U21/2.L.i), Emerson Crepaldi (U21/2.L.i), Valon Fazliu (Rapperswil), Ákos Kecskés (Korona Kielce/POL), Edoardo Masciangelo (Piacenza/ITA/3.D.), Lucio Soldini (U18)
Departures: Mattia Croci-Torti (Assistant/Mendrisio/1.L.), Stefano Guidotti (Chiasso), Cristian Ledesma (?), Davide Mariani (Levski Sofia/BUL), Steve Rouiller (Servette)
(Source: RSL official site)
|1||David Da Costa||GA||19.04.1986|
|29||Salah Aziz Binous||AT||04.08.2000|