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Football: Iwo gets to know Italy

Football: Iwo gets to know Italy


ÖFB U21 national player Emmanuel Ayew wants to do everything in his power to gain a foothold in Serie A. Newcomer US Cremonese is the Rapidler’s first stop overseas. “Of course I hope to make my debut soon,” said the new pre-season team member (6.30 pm) away against Fiorentina. “On the other hand, I realize that it will take some time before I get used to the processes and game systems become second nature.” Ayew is getting to know Italy at the moment.

Aiwu moved to Cremona last week after a year at Rapid for a reported €3.5 million. The club is represented in the House of Lords for the first time since 1996. A comeback has been possible thanks to steel entrepreneur Giovanni Arvidi. The club from the city of 70,000 in southern Lombardy invested more than 30 million euros in new players in the summer. “The minimum goal is to stay in the league,” Aywo explained. Then his fee will rise again after that by €500,000.

Coach Massimiliano Alvini has planned the 21-year-old at right-back three times. Other options for veteran centre-backs include Romanian veteran Vlad Chiriches, Mexico’s Johan Vasquez and Georgia’s Luca Luchowicevili, signed by WAC. Aiwu only started team training on Sunday. He stated that there is great value to training in tactics. “Everyone should know where to stand and how to move correctly.” In addition, the pace of training in Italy is much higher.

“The group has to get used to it first.”

In Monday’s inaugural cup win against second tier club Ternana (3:2), Ayo was not in the squad but an observer. You have seen the individual category of the team. “But because of the multitude of newcomers, the group has to get used to it first,” says the Austrian. “Every now and then you miss the mechanisms.” The Innsbruck native was passionate about the family atmosphere at the club. “The environment is professional, everyone unites.”

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At the start of the league we go to Florence for the seventh season of last season. We work here very meticulously, and nothing should surprise us,” Ayew said confidently. He will do his best in training so that he can be deployed as soon as possible. His attributes in attack can also be required. Ayew revealed that the man-oriented defense is important to his new coach. It also demands that we go more towards the offensive.”

Series A, first round

Saturday 13 August:
Sampdoria Genoa Atalanta Bergamo 6.30 pm
AC Milan Udinese 6.30 pm
Monza Turin 6.30 pm
Lychee intermilan 8:45 pm
Sunday 14 August:
Fiorentina Cremonese 6.30 pm
Lazio Rome Bologna 6.30 pm
Special Empoli 6.30 pm
Salernitana Rome 8:45 pm
Monday 15 August:
Hellas Verona Naples 6.30 pm
Juventus Sassuolo 8:45 pm