Saturday January 26 2013
Ballardini demands 'intense' Genoa

Davide Ballardini makes his Genoa debut against Serie A leaders Juventus tonight and warns “we will have to make intensity our key characteristic.”

The Grifone fired Gigi Del Neri last Sunday, so Ballardini becomes the third Coach of the season to sit on their bench.

He already has experience of the club, having salvaged their season from November 2010 to May 2011, but makes his comeback at the Juventus Stadium at 19.45 GMT. Click here for a match preview.

“We have a squad of professionals who want to take themselves out of this situation,” said Ballardini.

“We have always tried to get the result with good football and organisation. We need a compact squad, capable of defending as well as attacking.

“It will require a great performance in Turin, but we have a good squad and can play well here.”

Eros Pisano returns from suspension, while Cristobal Jorquera and Daniel Tozser have recovered from injuries.

There are reports Ballardini will adopt a 3-5-1-1 system with Andrea Bertolacci supporting a lone striker, though the creative midfielder could also be used in the hole behind Marco Borriello and Antonio Floro Flores.

“There’s no point talking about systems right now. Genoa will have to make intensity its key characteristic. We can also play with two strikers, as long as everyone works hard.”

Genoa squad: Antonelli, Bertolacci, Borriello, Donnarumma, Floro Flores, Frey, Granqvist, Immobile, Jorquera, Kucka, Manfredini, Matuzalem, Nadarevic, Moretti, Olivera, Pisano, Rossi, Said, Sampirisi, Tozser, Tzorvas

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