Saturday December 21 2019
Thiago Motta ignores sack talk

Thiago Motta refused to be drawn on an imminent dismissal to make way for Diego Lopez. “I think only of my players,” he said after Genoa’s 4-0 defeat to Inter.

“We struggled to get into their half, but at least we tried to play. After their opening goal, it became very difficult to take any kind of control against a strong side that proved today why it is challenging for the Scudetto,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“I am proud of my players for what they are trying to do, even in moments of difficulty. They are trying to give 100 per cent, even if today the result is a heavy one.

“We were up against a very strong opponent that made it difficult for us.”

There are already reports Thiago Motta has been fired and Diego Lopez is flying in from Uruguay, but every time he was asked about his future, the former PSG man ignored the questions.

“I think only of my players. I saw them sad in the dressing room after this defeat, inevitably. I will have time to meet with the club.”

Thiago Motta was only hired on October 22 to replace Aurelio Andreazzoli, but after an opening 2-1 win over Brescia, managed only one more victory (3-2 in the Coppa Italia against Ascoli), three draws and five defeats.

“It’s true, there were mistakes, but it’s because I always ask them to play out from the back, keep the ball to feet and attack in numbers. We made technical errors in our passing, but can recover if we stick together.

“As I said, we were up against a great team today that made it difficult for us from the very start and it was impossible for us to play our football.”

There were newspaper reports in Uruguay this morning that Lopez had already planned a press conference as the new Genoa coach for December 27.

“I don’t read the newspapers in Uruguay. I barely read the media in Italy. As I said, my reference is the players and I am proud of what they are trying to do, even if that might seem strange after the results.

“Something needs changing, I am convinced we can do it. I just see the players daily, those are my reference of Genoa. I am not particularly interested in the rest.”