Catania desperate to rediscover form

Catania punched above their weight last season but are struggling to find their feet in the opening weeks of the new Serie A campaign.

Pablo Barrientos, Catania

Rolando Maran's men host Parma on Sunday desperate to claim their first win of the season.

The Sicilians, who finished a respectable eighth in Serie A last season, have no points to their name after three rounds.

Last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Livorno marked their third straight loss and has put Maran under pressure.

Catania have struggled in every department - scoring just once and conceding seven goals so far.

Elefanti midfielder Sergio Almiron believes he and his team-mates must rediscover their winning touch immediately.

"We don't know what is happening," Almiron said. "It is a strange situation but we clearly have to get over it and improve.

"We don't understand how we have lost three games.

"But we know that we need to turn things around as soon as possible.

"We need to work hard in order to be the team we were last season.

"Against Parma we face another difficult game but we will go out determined to take a win."

The Gialloblu have also endured a disappointing start to the campaign and fell 3-1 to Roma on Monday.

"It is a pity to have taken just one point from our opening three games," Parma coach Roberto Donadoni said.

"It certainly doesn't help our team morale.

"We have to continue to work and hope to be rewarded."

The good news for Donadoni is that Nigerian midfielder Joel Obi has recovered from injury and could feature at the Stadio Angelo Massimino.

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