Sunday December 8 2019
Liverani: 'Lecce dropped points'

Fabio Liverani saw Lecce fight back from 2-0 down for 2-2, but can’t help but see it as “two points dropped” against nine-man Genoa.

The Salentini were dire for an hour, but clawed their way back from 2-0 down to 2-2, especially after Genoa went down to nine men.

“I thought the referee was impeccable, apart from the fact he didn’t give enough stoppages at the end of the second half,” said the coach in his press conference.

“I know there were some complaints about the opening goal and an offside position, but it seemed fair to me.

“Once again, we apparently needed 45 minutes to warm up and get ready to play. It is unfortunately becoming a recurring theme that we gift at least 20-25 minutes to the opposition starting out.”

Liverani’s substitutions also changed the game, as Filippo Falco and Andrea Tabanelli scored the goals.

“Falco was not ready to play 90 minutes, while Diego Farias couldn’t do more than 30. Those who come off the bench tend to give the team a boost lately.

“If we look at the chances and being against nine men, it’s a missed opportunity and two points dropped today. I liked the reaction, but it does worry me that against nine men we didn’t know what to do with the ball.”

Khouma Babacar was jeered off the field when he was substituted, having again wasted some easy situations.

“It wasn’t just him, everyone played badly in the first half. For example, Panagiotis Tachtsidis is huge, he can’t lose physical challenges so easily.

“We have a lot to improve and I’d like to not see the same mistakes over and over again.”

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