Genoa Coach Davide Ballardini is fired up for tonight's meeting with Napoli. “We are not afraid of anyone.”
The Grifone are comfortably mid-table and have shown in recent weeks they're not taking their foot off the gas, having beaten relegation battlers Brescia and Lecce.
“We are not afraid of anyone, but do have great respect. There are many difficulties, but we are ready for them,” said Ballardini ahead of tonight's 19.45 UK time kick-off.
The two clubs are twinned and their fans set to celebrate together, but the tactician blasts the idea his men won't give their all.
“I do not understand what this ‘fair play' is supposed to mean. It is bizarre to me, because a sportsman will always try to do his best. The very fact some people are amazed by a team doing their duty is what amazes me.”
Genoa have a few problems going into tonight's game, as Marco Rossi and Miguel Veloso are injured, plus Dario Dainelli, Rodrigo Palacio and Omar Milanetto suspended.
“Rafinha is on medication for a bout of flu, so he has made the trip with us and we'll have to see how he is. In any case, Enej Jelenic is ready to replace him. Chico isn't fully fit either.
“I don't think I'll change my system even though there are many absentees. We're facing a fired-up Napoli coming from two straight defeats and they'll be eager to prove a point.”
Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri said this week that Genoa have a better squad on paper than his side, who are currently in third place.
“If my squad is superior, then he really must be a good Coach,” smiled Ballardini.
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