Friday March 8 2019
Prandelli: Lapadula has second chance

Cesare Prandelli has confirmed that striker Gianluca Lapadula will be given the chance to resurrect his Genoa career.

Lapadula has played just two games for Genoa this season after spending much of the season in the wilderness, with Krzysztof Piatek keeping him out of the team and Antonio Sanabria seemingly subjecting the former Milan attacker to the same fate.

Nonetheless, Prandelli said before the Grifone’s trip to Parma on Saturday: “Lapadula has recovered and he’ll be on the bench.”

The ex-Italy CT faces a Parma side whom he comfortably kept in Serie A between 2002 and 2004, despite financial problems.

“Tomorrow will be a game where we’ll have to suffer,” he explained.

“D’Aversa did very well to get his team organised, and they’ll try to make things difficult for us with the ball.

“I’d like to see a Genoa side who are able to turn around their recent run and keep the ball.

“We go into the match after two 0-0s in a row, but we have to keep working on the defensive side of the game.

“We also want to get back to scoring and winning. I consider my past with Parma extraordinary, despite the financial difficulties we faced in my second season.

“Between the city and team, a unique symbiosis was created. I’d like to create the same thing here too, with a Genoa side who boast an extraordinary set of fans.

“Healthy fear is something I feel and try to give off. In fact, it helps raise your level of attention and focus. Healthy fear must accompany us, while we must defeat it with heart.

“Bessa can fulfil more roles. We want to help realise his potential, finding his best position on the pitch.

“Sanabria and Kouame are two players who, because of their characteristics, can’t play too close together.

“Kouame’s form has dipped? He’s in his first year of Serie A so it can happen, but he’s a positive lad and he knows he’ll do well again, starting tomorrow.”

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