In an interview with TuttoMercatoWeb, Giorgio Di Vicino explained the reasons of his short spell in Estonia at Sillamäe Kalev. Di Vicino reached Sillamäe in pre-season but left before Premium Liiga kicked off.
‘I wanted to do a new experience,’ explained Giorgio to the Italian website adding that he does not regret of what happened and how it ended. ‘I met a lot of people I would have never had the chance to before, the relations with the president and the sport director are very good. In the end it went like this, I don’t blame anyone.’
Di Vicino explained that the language barrier obviously did not help. The work language in Sillamäe is Russian, however he did not feel to blame only that. ‘The language, as the climate and the food, it was something I had already taken into account before leaving Italy,’ confirmed the former Salernitana player ‘I am sure everything would have got fixed, my wife was close to join me.’
What happened then? Giorgio explained that there were several circumstances, which compelled him to take a U-turn back to his country.
‘I was promised to be accommodated in a hotel with a chance to have regular and healthy meals, nutrition is very important for me. However, this is not what I found. I was given makeshift rooms: first far from the training center, then within the same training center which has only collective bathrooms. Everything went wrong since I could not feed myself properly and the timetable was completely gone bust.’
Giorgio confirmed that the fact Sillamäe are in Europa League (they will have their return tie against Hajduk tonight starting from the 1-1 collected in Rakvere last week) was a factor to convince him to sign with the Eastern Estonia club.
‘I think these little details would have helped me acclimatizing better and convincing me to stay notwithstanding the different local habits.’
Different habits he also found in the training methods. ‘At all levels, in Italy, we’re used to work a lot with tactics. In Estonia they don’t take up much into consideration (Di Vicino joined Sillamäe under Sergei Frantsev who was later on fired and replaced with Deniss Ugarov – edit). The football ideas are different. They are based mostly on the physical side of the game, athleticism and speed. However, I must say there some quality players in Sillamäe.’