Thursday June 4 2020
Nicola: 'We are professionals'

Genoa coach Davide Nicola looks forward to resuming play and expects his players to ‘work with passion’ as he vows to ‘have no excuse and no worries’.

The Rossoblu have started to prepare for their first game after the break, when they host Parma on June 23.

Nicola has warned fans that the players must adapt to the new conditions and points at the German Bundesliga, appearing to have slowed down their usual pace in the ‘initial phase’ of the return to football.

“We must have no excuse and no worries,” he told Il Secolo XIX. “I have seen matches in Germany. It was the first championship to resume.

“So many of their conditions will be similar to what we are going to experience. Empty stadiums, space between players on the bench, no celebrations.

“It’s an extraordinary situation and we need to adapt. The German has always been a championship with a lot of counter attacks, quick free-kicks and very fast football. They need to adapt.

“After an initial phase, the real Bundesliga will return, and I think the same goes for Serie A.”

But he admitted that the Marassi will feel empty during the run-in and referred to the last match against Milan in an empty San Siro.

“Playing without fans will not be pleasant. We have already experienced if in Milan, when we celebrated the win by imagining they were there.

“We feel they are close to us and it’s not nice to play without their help. Be we are professionals; we must do our job with passion.

“When a child plays football, he does it for fun, not for the people around him. We would like to have our fans with us, but right now that’s not possible.”

Genoa sit fourth to bottom, one point behind local rivals Sampdoria and only above Lecce on goal difference, when they are back in action against Parma.

Three days later, Genoa travel to bottom-placed Brescia, before hosting Juventus at the Marassi for their third game in June.

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