Coach Fabio Liverani wasn’t too enthusiastic even after Genoa beat West Bromwich Albion. “We can improve.”
Francesco Lodi scored the decider in a 1-0 friendly victory at the New Bucks Head Stadium in Telford, which included four Grifone supporters.
Andrea Bertolacci and Mario Alberto Santana went close, then Juraj Kucka forced a save from distance, but Longo scored the winner with the aid of a deflection off Long.
“It is summer football, you know what it’s like,” shrugged Coach Liverani on the official Genoa website.
“I was pleased with some indications and signs, though it’ll take time to become a team. After all, these games are only used to help the players forge an understanding and improve their fitness levels.
“The result is rather pointless, even though of course it’s nice to win. I saw a Genoa side that was organised, but can improve.
“We allowed West Brom few spaces, but gave the ball away a few too many times. We must be precise and concentrated to play the kind of football we want to develop.”
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