Sunday February 3 2013
Balla: 'Intense Genoa to beat Lazio'

Davide Ballardini held Juventus on his Genoa debut, so demands “intensity and aggression to beat Lazio” this afternoon. Click here for a match preview.

He is their third Coach of the campaign after Gigi De Canio and Gigi Del Neri, but began his tenure with a controversial 1-1 draw in Turin.

“Lazio are a good team with great experience and solidity, so at the moment they are among the top sides in Serie A,” said Ballardini.

“We are playing on home turf, so must use intensity and aggression to beat Lazio. By intensity I mean lots of movement off the ball and by aggression I mean pressing opponents as soon as we lose possession.”

The Grifone must do without Cesare Bovo, Antonio Floro Flores, Bosko Jankovic, Juan Manuel Vargas and the suspended Luca Antonelli.

They can give new buys Mattia Cassani, Daniele Portanova and Marco Rigoni their debuts.

Genoa squad for Lazio: Bertolacci, Borriello, Cassani, Donnarumma, Ferronetti, Frey, Granqvist, Immobile, Jorquera, Kucka, Manfredini, Matuzalem, Nadarevic, Moretti, Olivera, Pisano, Portanova, Rigoni, Rossi, Tozser, Tzorvas