De Zerbi wants criticism to ‘fire up’ Sassuolo ahead of their clash with a revitalized Genoa
Sassuolo started the season very well but gradually declined. They have won just one of their last four games and conceded five goals in the last game against Atalanta. De Zerbi hopes that the team will show a good reaction in the game against Genoa
Those were the only three games when we weren't able to express ourselves the way we wanted to, but we've got to draw a line under those performances and focus on Genoa
," said the coach in his press conference.
"Teams who defend deep can cause us problems and we must work to improve those issues. We also struggled physically against Atalanta, but the choice we made was to pursue a certain type of football and at times that can be a weakness.
"The criticism of Sassuolo's recent results goes to show just how high expectations are for us. It's also evident that there's little balance in these debates, as one bad result and everything is turned on its head.
"We ought to be fired up by criticism and use it to fuel our response. We've been working here for three years and there have always been highs and lows. I said that a few weeks ago when we were winning regularly. It's part of football and we must accept tricky moments with a smile."
Genoa recently emerged from the crisis with Rolando Maran's dismissal, which resulted in a win and a draw from the previous two games.
They are a quality team and it’s going to be difficult, as they all are in a very balanced Serie A season
,” continued De Zerbi.
“I am not interested in a victory at all costs mentality. I want to see a reaction, for Sassuolo to get back on our feet straight away after we stumble, because that will be a sign of real growth.”
Filip Djuricic was left out of the squad last week following a training ground incident but has returned to the squad after apologizing.
“He will start tomorrow. There’s no controversy, we had a good laugh reading the newspaper headlines…