Parma boss Roberto D’Aversa wants his players to be “hungrier” than Genoa today and reveals the secret to Gervinho’s remarkable season.
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“Antonino Barillà did everything possible to be ready in time, but we had a fitness test and decided not to risk him. As for Leo Stulac, it’ll be a longer wait for him, but Fabio Ceravolo is available again,” explained the Coach in his Press conference.
The Ducali were in the middle of an injury crisis when they beat Genoa 3-1 at Marassi in October, their first win there in Serie A since 1994.
“It’ll be a different game. We were missing important players like Roberto Inglese and Gervinho, but in that match more than ever we showed the cohesion of this squad. We’ve always used difficult times to bring the best out of ourselves.
“Genoa have strong individuals, such as Christian Kouame or Darko Lazovic, and are unbeaten in six rounds. We must read the game well and have a positive attitude, just as we did against Empoli, but also improve on the errors we made there. The 3-3 result was a pity, as we could’ve brought home all three points.
“Serie A is a complicated league and it’s not at all easy to create scoring opportunities. Fighting for survival, we need to be hungrier than the opposition.”
Gervinho was considered a strange signing over the summer, but upon returning from China, has equalled his personal best of nine Serie A goals already.
“I always talk to Gervinho and he knows the work of his teammates helped him achieve that record. He is reaping the rewards of daily work in training, where he arrives before anyone else and stays behind the longest to improve certain aspects of his game. Gervinho sets the example for the younger players.”
Parma squad for Genoa: Brazao, Frattali, Sepe; Bruno Alves, Bastoni, Dimarco, Gagliolo, Gazzola, Gobbi, Iacoponi, Sierralta; Dezi, Diakhate, Kucka, Machin, Rigoni, Scozzarella; Biabiany, Ceravolo, Gervinho, Inglese, Schiappacasse, Siligardi, Sprocati