Genoa have been transformed by Gian Piero Gasperini and he admits “this hid a thousand pitfalls.”
The Rossoblu were struggling badly under Fabio Liverani, but since his dismissal Gasp has notched up 13 points in six games.
“It wasn’t easy, as arriving at Genoa mid-season hid a thousand pitfalls,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“However, it couldn’t have gone any better. I was really surprised by the defence and their ability to switch from one system to another. It’s no coincidence that is the area I changed the least.
“I had training sessions and experiments, but will never field three pure centre-backs. I studied Luca Antonini and was impressed by how attentive and quick he was, also his ability to read the game and made it simple to move to a four-man defence.”
Gasperini was asked about his view of the top sides in Serie A this season, namely Juventus, Roma and Napoli.
“Juve have what it takes for the Scudetto more than Roma and Napoli, but everyone knows in Italy anything can happen.
“Antonio Conte is also ahead of the pack in the way his team plays, how far they have come and the motivation he gives them.
“You can also be entertained by Rudi Garcia or Rafa Benitez, but also Vincenzo Montella and Walter Mazzarri. Serie A is a splendid training ground for Coaches, as even those lower down the table propose interesting ideas, such as Eusebio Di Francesco’s Sassuolo.”