Sunday February 16 2014
Gasperini: 'Genoa-Udinese for safety'

Gian Piero Gasperini insists today’s Genoa-Udinese encounter is a relegation dogfight. “We need to secure safety.”

It kicks off at Marassi at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

Some journalists in the Press conference suggested this game could see Genoa begin a surge towards European qualification.

“It’s pointless to make proclamations or think about things that at this moment are not within our reach,” snapped Gasperini.

“We still need to secure safety. Once we reach 40 points, then we can start considering other issues.

“I am accustomed to ignoring statistics, including possession. The only ones that interest me are the number of points we’ve got.

“I can also say we have earned everything with hard work and sweat. I wanted to give my team an identity and I think I achieved that, even if the system can vary from game to game.”

This will also be an opportunity to see Alberto Gilardino take on Antonio Di Natale.

“It’ll be a fascinating challenge between two champions, albeit ones with different characteristics.”

Genoa are without the injured Alessandro Gamberini, Antonio Donnarumma, Juraj Kucka, Giuseppe Sculli, Luca Antonini and Sime Vrsaljko.

Genoa squad for Udinese: Albertoni, Antonelli, Bizzarri, Bertolacci, Burdisso, Cabral, Calaiò, Centurion, Cofie, De Ceglie, De Maio, Fetfatzidis, Gilardino, Konate, Marchese, Matuzalem, Motta, Perin, Portanova, Sturaro

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