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Chievo Verona v Cagliari: Preview

Cagliari coach Ivo Pulga wants people to carry on talking about the club right up to the end of the season, and not only because of their continued attempts to appeal a defeat to Roma earlier in the campaign.

The Sardinian club's final appeal against a 3-0 loss to the Giallorossi, imposed after the clash between the two sides was called off last September, will be heard next week.

However, Pulga is focused on gathering positive headlines in the closing weeks of the season.

``I want people to keep talking about us and, to ensure that happens, we need to get a good result at Chievo,'' he said.

``That means we are going to Verona determined to get the points.''

The attention can then turn to the appeal and, more importantly, to finding a stadium which fulfils the league's criteria in time for next season.

Last autumn's Roma match was cancelled when Cagliari president Massimo Cellino defied local authority orders to exclude fans from the Is Arenas due to ongoing safety concerns, instead instructing season-ticket holders to flock to the new Quartu Sant'Elena stadium regardless.

As a result, the Cagliari Prefecture and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) awarded Roma an automatic 3-0 win.

``We need to inform the Lega where we will be playing before June 30,'' said Pulga.

``If we cannot find a place in Sardinia, then that would be a terrible defeat for the entire island.''

Chievo go into the match with the future of their coach still up in the air.

Eugenio Corini's contract expires in the summer and, despite leading the club to almost certain safety after replacing Domenico Di Carlo last October, he could well find himself out of a job in the summer.

The Flying Donkeys have yet to open talks with him over a new deal, although they could still be waiting until they are mathematically safe. Victory tomorrow would guarantee that.

However, Chievo will be without striker Sergio Pellissier, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing ankle surgery.

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