Serie A presidents are afraid of Zdenek Zeman, says Roberto Rambaudi

The ex-Italian international is in no doubt that his former mentor, who has turned lowly Pescara into surprise promotion contenders in Serie B, belongs in the top flight
By Paolo Camedda

Roberto Rambaudi is not surprised by the great leaps that Serie B side Pescara are makeing under Zdenek Zeman and claims that his former boss would be coaching in the top flight were presidents not afraid of the Czech’s character and adventurous approach to the game.

Zeman has guided his side to fourth in the table, above the likes of Sampdoria and Brescia, who suffered a 3-0 home defeat to the Stadio Adriatico outfit on Monday night. The 64-year-old’s current success has raised questions as to why one of the most well-regarded tacticians in Italy is not still plying his trade in Serie A.

According to Rambaudi, who played under the Czech during his time at Lazio and Foggia, the answer is very simple.

"Zeman already deserves to be in Serie A, but unfortunately some presidents have been afraid to take him,” he told Italy.

“I think that those who embrace an offensive approach to football, in contrast to the many who prefer to adopt a defensive strategy, deserve to be coaching at the highest level.”

And Rambaudi believes that Pescara’s performances this season have merely underlined that Zeman still has much to offer at the top level.

“We are all familiar with the methods of Zeman,” he said. “They have not changed in all these years: the were and they remain very tough, based on the belief that an ambitious team cannot disregard the merits of serious athletic training. Here, too, Zeman is definitely a master, and the results are there for all to see on the field."

Rambaudi is now hoping that Pescara can maintain their impressive start to the season and go on to clinch a surprise return to Serie A.

“The Serie B championship is very long, and there are at least three teams better equipped than Pescara to get promoted: Torino, Sampdoria and Padova," he mused.

"However, in football it is not always the strongest side who wins. If Zeman's team manages to remain at the top end of the table into the second half of the season and qualify for the play-offs, I'm sure that Pescara will go up."

The east coast side currently sit seven points behind leaders Torino in fourth place.