Davide Ballardini was impressed by Empoli, but even more so by Genoa striker Krzystof Piatek. “He is the complete package.”
This 2-1 victory was their first game of the season, as the Week 1 fixture with Milan was rescheduled for October 31 due to the Ponte Morandi tragedy.
The bridge, a landmark of the city, collapsed last week and took 43 lives with it.
“The thought drifts back there, especially when you drive past every day, but you have to keep going with the hope things will eventually be better,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“We were a little weighed down, both mentally and physically, but having said that, we played against a very strong Empoli side and I was impressed by them.
“They were in better shape than us, but fortunately we managed to hold out for the victory.”
Genoa scored with debutant young strikers Piatek and Christian Kouame.
“I’m almost afraid to talk about Piatek, because it’s just inviting pressure on him, but he really seems to be the complete package. I get the feeling he can truly become an important player, but I’m trying to whisper it rather than shout from the rooftops.”
Poland international Piatek already became a hero to Genoa fans earlier this month when he scored four goals in a single Coppa Italia match.