Thursday February 20 2020
Nicola wants 'continuity'

Davide Nicola has claimed Genoa were “not lacking identity” before his arrival and remains focused on bringing “continuity” to the Marassi.

Rossoblu replaced Thiago Motta with Nicola in December and handed the former Crotone and Udinese boss a six-month deal with an option to extend.

Despite having made clear improvements at the Marassi, Nicola declines the suggestions that he has given the team an identity.

“I don’t agree with the lack of identity before my arrival,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “Every coach has an idea and tries to convey it. Sometimes he succeeds and sometimes he doesn’t.

“We did a thorough analysis of the squad, of the priorities. Then we tried to consolidate our ideas.

“We had to be aggressive, organised and play our game with courage.”

The tide has somewhat turned after his arrival, but Genoa remain among the bottom three of Serie A and ahead of their match against Lazio on Sunday, they are currently one point behind Sampdoria in the League.

There are three points up to Lecce at 16th, but Nicola wants to focus on his own side and not count on his rivals to slip up.

“I am not interested in the number of teams who are involved [in the relegation fight},” he added. “Because it won’t affect my ultimate target. The difference should be the continuity of results and the ability to seize the moments in individual matches.”

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