Wednesday July 1 2020
Nicola: 'Why should I be scared?'

Davide Nicola refused to criticise Genoa for their 3-1 defeat to Juventus last night, claiming ‘there’s nothing scarier than’ when he took over.

Genoa remain without a win since Serie A resumed, losing two and drawing one of their three games, but Nicola maintained he saw enough positives from his team against the reigning champions.

“I’m not dissatisfied about tonight,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“The first game didn’t satisfy me. There was an improvement at Brescia and another tonight.

“It’s clear that we were facing a great team. I’m not dissatisfied with what I saw, they played some quality football but I have to say that we’re starting to find our movements.

“I’m not scared about our position in the table because when I arrived... there’s nothing scarier than that.

“We need to get back some of the things we lost after the lockdown. Pandev’s an extraordinary player who has always played under me.

“Obviously, by playing every three days, his physical and mental energies must be managed in the best way possible.

“Pinamonti’s maturing. In our last two games he’s been very consistent, both collectively and individually.”

Despite their sudden slump, the Rossoblu are at least one place above the relegation zone compared to being bottom when the former Udinese boss took over.

“There‘s no disappointment, only the awareness that a break like this doesn’t affect just us but everyone.

“It takes away that synchrony, a bit of our precision, and this must be found on the field, in training and matches.

“I agree that, in the first 20 minutes of the second half, we were not as precise as in the first.

“Juve increased the precision in their play, but it’s also true that we conceded goals for our individual opponents’ abilities.

“This must be accepted and respected. At the end of the game, we raised our centre of gravity, taking on the risks.

“We managed to score and had another couple of situations that we could’ve used better, but I can’t be unhappy tonight.

“We should’ve handled the pressure and centre of gravity better.”

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