Saturday August 10 2013
Perin's secret Crouch weapon

Genoa take on Stoke City today and goalkeeper Mattia Perin has a new tactic for Peter Crouch. “I’ll bring a ladder!”

The 20-year-old has returned to base after a loan spell at Pescara and should start in the final game of Genoa’s English training camp.

“We are satisfied with the preparation and experience, as we found the ideal conditions to train,” he told the official club website.

“We don’t get bored and are able to have fun while working hard, leaving the field with a smile, which is what the Coach asks of us.

“What do I expect from the game against Stoke? Confirmation of the good football and determination seen up until now.

“I know Stoke have dangerous centre-forwards. If I have to intercept a long ball to Crouch, I think I’ll bring a ladder!

“Stoke are a strong side and we are working on becoming one too.”

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