Sunday August 26 2012
De Canio: 'Genoa not afraid now'

Gigi De Canio encourages Genoa to put the chaotic scenes of last season behind them as they face Cagliari. “We’re not afraid anymore.”

The Grifone begin their Serie A campaign at Marassi this evening, where a few months ago a protest by ultras forced players to suspend a game with Siena and hand over their shirts as they were ‘unworthy’ of wearing the club colours.

“We are ready to face this match,” assured De Canio. “Every game is important, but none are decisive.

“Of course it would be wonderful to start out with a good performance and a victory, for us and the fans, but I’d like to make it clear that this is a new season.

“We’re not afraid anymore and you cannot see the terror that was in our eyes three months ago. We’re ready to play our part, but I am pragmatic, so don’t wish to talk about unrealistic objectives or take anyone for a ride.

“Our target for this term is to make up for last year and do better, so we can be reconciled with our fans.”

Alberto Gilardino is suspended, while Cristobal Jorquera and Cesare Bovo are carrying knocks. Click here for a match preview.