Matarrese promises reinforcements
Bari president Vincenzo Matarrese has promised fans that the club will bring in reinforcements in the January transfer window. The Galetti have won just twice all season and will be looking to begin 2011 on the right foot when they travel to the Via del Mare stadium to meet Lecce.
The arrival of Polish defender Glik from Palermo will be of some consolation to Bari coach Giampiero Ventura, whose side has not won in Serie A since 26 September. However, the club are still in the hunt for a frontman to rectify their disappointing record of scoring just 11 goals in 17 games this season.
Matarrese knows their future in the top flight is under threat unless they make the right moves in the transfer market. "So far we have signed a defender," he said. "But we will not be able to reinforce our attack until after the game against Lecce. "Our full focus is on acquiring a striker, but in the meantime I expect my players to show their worth."
Bari held Palermo to a 1-1 draw in the last game of 2010 but the point was not enough to see Ventura's team climb off the bottom of the league table. They start the year four points from safety.
Bari will be without injured trio Alessandro Parisi, Abdel Ghezzal and Paulo Barreto as well as the suspended Marco Rossi. The good news for Ventura is that goalkeeper Jean Francois Gillet has recovered from a muscle injury.
Rivals Lecce have the weakest defence in the division with 34 goals conceded in 17 games. They have won just once in their last nine games and Lecce coach Luigi De Canio will be desperate for his team to change that trend tomorrow.