DESSERS

Dessers keen to end goals drought

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Nigerian forward, Cyriel Dessers, is desperate to end his goal duck in the Italian Serie A when his Cremonense side face Lazio on Sunday (today) at the Giovanni Zini Stadium.

Dessers’ reputation as an accomplished goalscorer in the Netherlands is not in doubt, having netted 36 goals and added ten assists in 93 Eredivisie matches.

However, after six games in Serie A, Dessers is yet to find the net and the former Genk ace admits the Italian league is much tougher.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Dessers said, “The Italian championship is difficult, harder than the Dutch and Belgian ones. But I knew that.

“Even for me, arriving in a newly promoted club from a club used to fighting for the title, it will not be easy.”

The Nigeria international is banking on his past experiences to help end his barren run in front of goal.

“Now I must start scoring in Serie A. I am an expert when it comes to playing the opponent’s penalty box. I showed this in the match with Roma, where I put pressure on their centre-backs and fought hard to win aerial duels.”

“At the Olimpico this year, I came very close to scoring and demonstrated that I can do well in Serie A.”

“Lazio are strong, but now we are more solid in defense, and if we improve even in attack, we can give the first joy to our fans at Zini.”

Dessers joined Cremonese from KRC Genk for €6.5m in August. He had scored three goals in three games for the Belgians this term before completing the switch to Italy.

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