Delneri refuses to hit the panic button

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Hellas Verona manager Luigi Delneri says they will fight against relegation to the very end after suffering their 11th Serie A loss of the season on Sunday.

The Gialloblu's future in the Italian top flight looks increasingly bleak and they have failed to win a single one of their 19 league games this season.

They remain rooted to the foot of the table with the gap to safety extending to 11 points with their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Palermo over the weekend.

However, Delneri said he could not fault his team's effort before adding that they will not give up in their relegation battle.

"I can't reprimand my team," he told reporters after the match on Sunday. "There's plenty of discouragement because we couldn't find the result we were after.

"We still believe we can maintain our dignity, as our task is to fight until the end. We aren't moving forward with the idea that we've already been relegated.

"I would certainly stay with the club next season because Verona is a place of great value."

Veteran striker Luca Toni echoed the coaches statements, saying the squad was ready to front up to the challenge.

"We will face the situation head on," the 38-year-old added. "I know it will be tough, but I hope to achieve this miracle. I don't want to think about Serie B, but only to focus on playing for salvation until we meet Palermo on the last day of the season."

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