It's now March and Camilla Cordella's Palermo still sit in 6th place in the Serie A. With 16 points from a possible 21, the team are looking stronger than ever. The team is beginning to gel well and there are good links across the pitch.
The year started off with a trip to Rome to face leaders Lazio. Da Graca opened the scoring from a Chong assist before Immobile equalised on the stroke of half time. Rizzo, assisted by McTominay restored the lead in the 62nd minute to cause a major upset and keep the team's good run going.
Udinese were lucky to leave the Renzo Barbera with a share of the points in a goalless draw.
A trip to Inter Milan put an end to the unbeaten run as a perfect start with a Jajalo goal on 3 minutes ended in defeat. Barbosa equalised after 11 minutes and as Palermo were beginning to create chances Pirrello was sent off for violent conduct. This left the guys in pink exposed and Inter profited with Candreva and Luan both scoring before the end of the half. To make things worse, Chong was sent of in stoppage time for a deliberate handball.
January ended with the thrashing of Sassuolo in Palermo. A brace from Da Graca and goals from Chochev, Rizzo and Szyminski as well as an own goal from Marlon saw Cordella's men run out 6-0 winners.
Pescara visited next and when Brugman opened the score in the 47th minute, Cordella thought there may be a slump. But the lads picked themselves up and goals from Da Graca, Lucera and a penalty from Schindler gave Palermo a deserved 3-1 win.
A trip to Genoa saw Palermo leading 3-0 by the 20th minute: two goals from Chochev and one from McTominay. With a show of complacency, the second half was a disaster with Genoa getting all the ball, Kragl and Lapadula scoring to make it 3-2. A late Genoa surge saw Jajalo dismissed for a second bookable offence. Star winger Rizzo was carried off injured in the 75th minute, he will be sidelined for several weeks with a torn hamstring.
Perugia's trip to the Renzo Barbera proved more challenging than expected. Chochev opened the scoring from a Correnti corner before Perugia's Mustacchio was sent off on the stroke of half time. But the ten men of Perugia proved hard to break down until Ruggiero assisted by Chong managed to add a second goal in the 86th minute. Perugia pegged one back 2 minutes later via Kouan, but Palermo did enough to secure the win.
So after 26 games, Palermo are in 6th position and the European dream still lingers on the horizon. Juventus are once again top, three points clear of Lazio as they hope to win their 9th consecutive title. Empoli lie dead bottom with 9 points from 25 games.
Elsewhere, the free transfer of Gallo to Inter Milan was confirmed, it will take place at the end of the season. Palermo lose one of their most promising talents to a rival. The board have also approved the expansion of the youth facilities which will be completed in October. Financially, due to prudent wage expenditure and the sale of many players, things are looking up with a balance of 30M, compared to the 5M at the beginning of the season, European football would boost the funds considerably.
The team still has to travel to Torino, Roma, Cagliari, Sampdoria and Juventus, with home ties against Fiorentina, Empoli, Milan, Bologna, Atalanta and Frosinone. Can Camilla Cordella continue the team's progress and secure a Europa League spot?