Saturday February 23 2013
Ballardini ready for Rosanero test

Genoa Coach Davide Ballardini faces his Palermo past and a relegation dogfight this evening. “We must earn our safety day by day.”

The tactician is still unbeaten since taking over from Gigi De Canio and Gigi Del Neri, registering two wins and as many draws.

His men visit Palermo tonight, kick-off at 19.45 GMT. Click here for a match preview.

“We can still improve in the style of football and how we hold the ball, being more aggressive without possession and start pressing opponents in their own half,” said Ballardini.

“We are all convinced that we have the potential to do well. The squad is not lacking pace, strength, quality, professionalism and motivation. Genoa have the technical and moral qualities needed to be in charge of their own destiny.”

This is a relegation dogfight, as Palermo are propping up the table with just 19 points, while Genoa are fourth-from-bottom on 25.

“Serie A is extremely difficult, as every game and atmosphere is complicated to deal with. It will be the same in Palermo, then the week after, so we can’t call this the game of our lives.

“We must earn our safety day by day and not just in a single head-to-head match.”

Ballardini is a familiar face at the Stadio Barbera, as he was on the Palermo bench in 2008-09, but left to take the Lazio job that summer.

“I was very happy in Palermo along with my staff. Fond memories remain of a marvellous season, but then we all move forward.”

Genoa squad for Palermo: Antonelli, Bertolacci, Borriello, Bovo, Ferronetti, Frey, Granqvist, Immobile, Jorquera, Kucka, Manfredini, Matuzalem, Moretti, Pisano, Portanova, Rigoni, Rossi, Stillo, Tozser, Tzorvas, Vargas

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