Genoa’s Gigi De Canio and Pietro Lo Monaco are cautiously looking ahead to the Grifone’s chances next season of forgetting 2011-12’s nightmare.
The Rossoblu became surprise relegation candidates in the final stages of the season, with De Canio eventually pulling them out of contention in a disastrous campaign.
Confirmed as Coach to lead the squad into the start of 2012-13, De Canio has reflected that it will be important that the team’s biggest changes are psychological, rather than in the transfer window.
“I have not prepared a shopping list. The club knows how to move, we are on the same page,” reflected the Coach to reporters.
“I will knowingly exploit the material that I will have in the best possible way, but above all we aim to experience nothing like the year last year. These days I have watched a lot of players - the veterans from last season are traumatised but I know that there will be much motivation and that will transmit to the new guys.
“What’s important is that change occurs in the head because, of all the reasons, it is because of the difference that it makes.
“We are thinking about attitude and mentality. We want to have a precise and defined tactical identity, creating a project that will progress into the future.”
CEO Pietro Lo Monaco then took questions on the market rumours, ones that yesterday forced him to deny suggestions of a quick re-sale of Alberto Gilardino to Fiorentina.
“We are keeping Gilardino,” he reiterated. “ We are planning to bring in players of the right vintage.
“That is starting, however, after a difficult year and we know that. The technical level of the League has also risen considerably with the arrival of Torino and Sampdoria, as too has the balance.
“Our objectives? To cut back the squad, limit the purchases made and create a team. We begin by trying out many youngsters and some of those will be sent out to gain experience.
“For sure there will be some additions to our defence.”
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