Alberto Gilardino comes face to face with his former Fiorentina teammates on Sunday, but the Genoa hitman insists he’ll “leave sentiments at home.”
The striker left Florence in January after three and a half years at the club, as Coach Delio Rossi claimed a “light had gone out” within him.
“I cannot forget the emotions of my time there, but on Sunday I must leave sentiments at home,” Gila told the official Genoa website.
“It is going to be an important game for both teams. I will remember the emotions and sensations of Florence at the end of the game, not before, as we have to win.
“Once the final whistle sounds, then I can go to salute everyone in the squad. I am happy at Genoa, although so far you’ve only seen flashes of the ‘real’ me. I hope to soon repay all the affection of the fans and directors.
“On Sunday it will be a sporting battle to be played in an open way.”
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