Genoa Coach Fabio Liverani is “ready” to challenge his mentor Delio Rossi in tonight’s Derby della Lanterna.
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“I feel ready and want to test myself,” Liverani told the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Delio Rossi is a winner and a real teacher of football who does very well with young players. I am inspired by many of the great Coaches I’ve worked with and Rossi is among them.”
Rossi is the Sampdoria tactician and had Liverani in his midfield during their time together at Lazio.
Neither Liverani nor Rossi gave pre-match Press conferences ahead of tonight’s tense Genoa Derby.
The lead-up took a particularly bizarre twist when Sampdoria caught a Genoa coach hiding in the bushes in full camouflage gear to spy on their training session, then the Rossoblu published photographs of more ‘spies’ watching their preparations.