Can Brescia complete the most unlikeliest of survival plots?

The situation looks bleak for Brescia despite their dramatic upturn in fortunes. They remain firmly fixed in the relegation zone and are swimming six points adrift of safety.

Yet there has been a sudden wave of optimism floating around Mario Rigamonti Stadium, especially since the resumption of top-flight action in Italy.

Brescia clinched the Serie B title last term to earn promotion to the first-tier after an eight-year absence. They’ve perpetually floated between Serie A and Serie B for much of their existence, which makes it no surprise that securing safety was the most important goal.

Eugenio Corini, the Italian who masterminded their promotion campaign, was axed just 10 weeks into the season following a run of seven defeat from 10 league games. 2006 World Cup winning legend Fabio Grosso was installed as his replacement with Brescia situated just one place from bottom.

BRESCIA, ITALY – JULY 05: Alfredo Donnarumma of Brescia Calcio celebrates his goal with his team-mates during the Serie A match between Brescia Calcio and Hellas Verona at Stadio Mario Rigamonti on July 5, 2020 in Brescia, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

La Rondinelle conceded 10 goals in three successive defeats against Torino, AS Roma and Atalanta respectively and Massimo Cellino mercilessly dismissed Grosso after just 27 days at the helm.

Cellino track record of hiring and firing managers was perfectly illustrated during his early reign at Leeds United. The Whites employed nine different managers over the course of four years until settling with Marcelo Bielsa and it seems Cellino is just as irrational with his decision-making at Brescia.

The plot thickened when Cellino decided to reappoint Corini, just under a month since he was dismissed. His decision initially paid off with Brescia securing a first league win in two-and-a-half months against SPAL.

Brescia continued their resurgence by registering their first home win of the season in Serie A with a 3-0 victory over Lecce. But once again their form declined and Cellino severed ties with Corini once again on February 5 with Brescia rooted to the foot of the table.

Diego Lopez, who previously managed Cagliari, Bologna and Palermo, was named as his successor and became their 15th different manager since March 2014. Lopez looked destined to suffer the same fate as his predecessors when Brescia succumbed to defeats against Juventus, Napoli and Sassuolo respectively.

However, Brescia secured their first league victory since the turn of the year with a 2-0 win over Hellas Verona on July 5. Despite a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Internazionale, Brescia have been unbeaten in their three others games since returning from lockdown after registering important draws against Fiorentina and Genoa respectively.

The current Serie A standings.

Six points is a significant deficit to overturn, especially considering Brescia’s form throughout the season. But with important relegation six-pointers ahead, their win over Hellas Verona has given them a glimmer of hope.

Brescia face fellow relegation strugglers Torino, SPAL and Lecce respectively over the course of their next five games. Torino are 10 points above Brescia, while SPAL are rooted to the bottom of the table but the game against Lecce could prove to be the most poignant.

Lecce collected a surprise 2-1 victory against second place Lazio on Tuesday to extend their lead over Brescia to six points. Brescia could reduce that gap when they travel to Turin to face Torino on Wednesday and the relegation brawl could become extremely tight when the teams at the heart of it face battle!

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