Genoa sporting director Rino Foschi is confident that his team can beat Sampdoria this weekend and stay in Serie A.
The Grifone are currently 19th in the table, but are level on 27 points with Palermo and Siena, who are 18th and 17th respectively.
And the board member has insisted that derby match this Sunday will be an important step towards salvation, whilst also commenting on their 2-0 loss to Napoli last weekend.
“We hope to avoid relegation,” he told Radio Crc. “We believe we can do it.
“During this season we have suffered many defeats and some of those were undeserved.
“But against Napoli we deserved to lose. Now we have the derby and we have to do well.”
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