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Gasperini on his hopes for Genoa and their upcoming clash

Sat 16 January 2021 | 13:51

The Atalanta boss believes that Genoa can regain their strength with Ballardini.

Atalanta

manager,

Gian Piero Gasperini

, believes

Genoa

are capable of reviving their game with Davide Ballardini while also hoping to keep their winning streak.

“Genoa forced Juventus to extra time in the Coppa Italia midweek, so they are in considerably better shape now than they were a few weeks ago,”

said Gasperini in a press conference.

“They have rediscovered their enthusiasm, so we need to take the right approach, as Genoa have proved they know how to get a result.”

The Atalanta boss later commented on their ongoing winning streak, adding:

“It’s important that we continue what we’re doing, as we have a strong mentality, but need to be more clinical in front of goal. We still waste too many chances to kill games off and can’t always afford to do that.”

When asked about whether he wishes to end his coaching career at Marassi, he responded:

“We have to look to the present, although I am very happy with what I experienced in Genoa. I still have a home there, I continue to follow the progress of the team, and Genoa will always be a part of me. I hope the fans can be back soon, as they make a big difference to the performances.”

“Ballardini achieved some small miracles at Genoa, but he has more time perhaps this season than in previous years. I think he can do very well with this squad, although hopefully not tomorrow.”

“As far as we are concerned, it’s fundamental we keep this winning streak going and also our concentration, so don’t get swept up in euphoria.”

Gasperini, who continues to leave

Papu Gomez

out of the pitch, concluded:

“I do have options to choose from tomorrow, so I’ll decide also based on the upcoming games with Udinese and Milan. Everyone has recovered now, including Mattia Caldara and Mario Pasalic, although obviously they need to make their way back gradually. Matteo Pessina didn’t train and we need to be careful with him.”

“Aleksei Miranchuk was out for a while between injuries and COVID. I think he can be an understudy to Josip Ilicic, he has a lot of quality, but the objective is to find some sort of consistency and I in turn should adapt to his characteristics.”

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source: SportMob