Friday December 20 2019
Motta: 'Genoa can stop Lukaku'

Thiago Motta is confident “results will come” if Genoa continue the same way, arguing they can stop Inter forward Romelu Lukaku "through teamwork”.

Genoa lost to city rivals Sampdoria last weekend, but Motta thinks the 1-0 defeat was “undeserved” and “expects” a response from his players against the title challengers this weekend.

“The team are doing well, I expect a reaction after the defeat in the derby. It was a loss that I felt was undeserved,” he said at a press conference.

“Against Inter we will play to win. If we keep moving forward on this path, the results will come.”

The Grifone’s opponents are without a host of key players, but the former Inter midfielder said the scenario was similar for his own team.

“They will have several absentees, just like us. I hope the performance tomorrow will be along the lines we played against Juventus and Napoli.

“I have good memories from them, we did extraordinary things. Now, however, I am only thinking about deploying the best team possible to put in a good performance.”

Antonio Conte has led the visitors on a serious charge towards the Scudetto this season, and the Italo-Brazilian is looking forward to facing him.

“He is a great coach and is proving it. His teams are always difficult to play against; they attack with many men.

“I have a lot of respect for him and I hope it will be a good match. No [I don’t have any problems with him], and I don’t think he’s ever had any with me.

“There’s always been a direct communication. I felt good with him, like I did with all my coaches.”

Lukaku has scored 10 goals in 16 games this season, but Motta is sure Genoa have what it takes to stop him on Saturday.

“We will stop him how everyone else is stopped. He is a great player, but we can stop him through teamwork.

“He moves a lot; he can shoot from distance and in the box, he is really dangerous.”

Inevitably, given their struggles this term, the Rossoblu are being tipped to make several moves in the transfer market next month...

“We will talk about the market at the right time. From tomorrow, together with the club, we will make the best possible decisions.”

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