Genoa Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli was pleased with their 4-1 Coppa Italia victory over Imolese, even though “there was a virus going around.”
The Grifone successfully navigated their way through the first competitive match of the season, setting up a Fourth Round tie against either Ascoli or Trapani.
“We expressed ourselves well considering the inevitable difficulties of it being our first real game of the season, but the result was important and the lads showed determination,” Andreazzoli said in his Press conference.
“It can be considered a positive evening and we are very happy that so many fans came to see us. I tip my hat to Imolese, as they showed themselves to be a team with a precise identity.”
Former Ajax midfielder Lasse Schone scored his first Genoa goal, a trademark free kick, while Riccardo Saponara went off injured.
“Schone showed his quality once again and did very well. I don’t think it’s anything serious for Saponara, but in this period when you feel the muscle pull, it’s better to err on the side of caution. I think it was some sciatica.
“Antonio Barreca had a bit of a strange night on Thursday, as did others in the squad, because perhaps there was a virus going around. He developed a fever in the afternoon, so we preferred not to risk him.”