Thiago Motta: ‘Spezia players will remain in history’

Spezia coach Thiago Motta said his players will ‘remain in history’ after guaranteeing their place in Serie A for next season.

The Liguria club needed two points from the remaining two rounds to secure their top flight status for another year and got it done early, coming back from a goal down to win 3-2 away to Udinese.

That got the party started at the Dacia Arena and Thiago Motta seemed moved to tears by the achievement.

Serie A Highlights: Udinese 2-3 Spezia

“It is a wonderful moment for all we have done to get here. It’s not easy when you already know the other results, as it can be distracting for the lads, but they stayed focused today,” the coach told DAZN.

“These lads have worked so hard from the first day and they will remain in history, because they achieved something extraordinary. I feel privileged at being able to work with this team.”

The former Genoa, PSG and Inter player then joked when asked how the Spezia players were going to celebrate their Serie A safety.

“If the lads don’t invite me along, I’m going to be furious! We win and lose all together, there is still one more game to play and we want to give our best, but today we celebrate.”

Thiago Motta’s future at Spezia is far from certain and there seemed to be moments during the season when he was on the verge of dismissal.

“There is trust between me and the lads, today we just want to focus on celebrating this result.”