Thursday November 21 2019
Criscito: 'Motta will be great'

Captain Domenico Criscito revealed “it’s weird” to refer to Thiago Motta as his coach, but predicts he will have “great future” as Genoa fight for survival in Serie A.

The 32-year-old has played seven matches this season, but lately has been struggling with an injury. He declared himself “ready” to go again, to help the Rossoblu climb the table.

“It’s been a difficult period also for me, being out with an injury,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “But now I’m ready and I can’t wait to be back on the pitch.”

But he will return to a Genoa side 17th in Serie A and with a new tactician at the helm. Thiago Motta replaced Aurelio Andreazzoli earlier this season and Criscito claims his former teammate will have a great future.

“I’m sorry that Andreazzoli lost his job,” said Criscito. “Thiago Motta has brought his ideas and he’s had a good debut. We had a negative result at Udinese, but we are on the right path.

“I was his [Thiago Motta] teammate, it’s weird to call him coach. He’s got clear ideas, he doesn’t like to just kick the ball forward. I think he’s got a great future ahead of him and I hope he will have it here with us.”

The derby against Sampdoria will be even more intense this season, as they are locked on nine points after 12 games and truly involved in a battle to survive.

The two teams meet on December 14, and the situation might change until then, as the Rossoblu have three matches in Serie A and one in the Coppa Italia first. 

“Yeah, it’s getting close, but first we have got other important matches. We will think about that when the time comes.”

On Monday, they travel to Ferrara and will face a SPAL side in the relegation zone, one point behind Genoa.

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