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Bologna v Parma: Preview

Parma head coach Roberto Donadoni issued a stern reminder to his players that the Christmas holidays begin after the final whistle of tomorrow's derby at Bologna, and not a moment before.

Donadoni has criticised his players for a lack of concentration over recent weeks, a period that has seen the Crociati win just two games from seven, with the result a steady slide out of the European places towards mid-table obscurity going into the winter break.

Overhearing talk of Christmas presents, parties and family gatherings around Parma's Collechio training base has incensed the 49-year-old further, therefore, and he made his position very clear today.

``I don't want to hear anybody talking about relaxation,'' he told ``We have no reason at all to be relaxing.

``On the contrary, we have every motivation not to, principally given the opposition we are about to face.

``They are a team on the rise, who are getting results and have great enthusiasm.

``So we need to match them with the same level of enthusiasm. Treating them any other way would be to make a huge mistake.

``I am sick and tired of seeing backward steps and we need to keep the concentration and energy levels as high as possible.

``If we don't do that it will be very disappointing for everyone. That's something for everybody to reflect on.''

Defender Gabriel Paletta serves a one-match ban, with Daniele Galloppa, Aleandro Rosi and Antonio Mirante all struggling for fitness.

Bologna are indeed a team on the up, a dramatic 3-2 victory at Napoli boosting Stefano Pioli's men into 13th place after half a season spent in the bottom five.

The Rossoblu repeated their Serie A success at the San Paolo by returning three days later to dump the reigning Coppa Italia champions out of the last-16 to earn a trip to Inter Milan.

Pioli said: ``Compliments to the team, we put on a great performance. It was clear that we had a little bit of good luck but the team showed great spirit out on the field.

``The quarter-final against Inter? First we have two very important league games. I hope we get a few guys back from injury so that we have more choice.''

The injury list at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara does make for grim reading, with Roberto Acquafresca, Cesare Natali, Matias Abero, Nico Pulzetti, Michele Pazienza and Diego Perez all unlikely to feature.

The Derby d'Emilia has been a dreary affair over recent seasons with just one goal being scored in Bologna's last four meetings with Parma.

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