While Atalanta are on sparkling form, Ballardini assures that ‘Genoa aren’t doing badly either’ and he will try to make it difficult as possible.
“It’s going to be a difficult game, but we really want to make it tough for Atalanta too,”
said smiling coach in a press conference just days after losing 3-2 against
“Atalanta are in good shape, but we’re not doing badly either. Seeing the lads face Juventus with that focus and character was really pleasing.
“We’re going to need another great performance in
. If you meet Atalanta straight after aChampions League
game, they probably won’t be at 100 percent, but if they can take it one match at a time and focus in training, they have the kind of strength and technique that is on a par with the very best in Italy.”
Genoa are bolstered in January by midfielder
in the January transfer window.
“They are strong players who arrive with a lot of enthusiasm, the desire to prove they can be very useful. I’ve only seen them a couple of times in training, but they appear to be in good shape and physically ready to play.
is available again, as he had two or three training sessions with the group.