Monday April 7 2014
Gasp: 'Genoa made two mistakes'

Gian Piero Gasperini felt Genoa deserved a lot more from their 2-1 defeat to Milan, but “made one mistake in each half.”

The Rossoneri were under siege at Marassi for much of the game, but still emerged winners with Adel Taarabt and Keisuke Honda goals.

“I think we made one mistake in each half and little else wrong,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“On the first goal we didn’t close Taarabt down and he did well to get past his man. On the second Sturaro came on after an injury and we weren’t in the right positions.

“They were two errors in the context of a game we played very well, though we lacked the finishing necessary. It’s rare to face Milan with this quality and create so many scoring opportunities.

“In terms of performance, we deserved more against Milan and Juventus among others. This is the type of football we want to play and the result had little to do with the performance.

“Milan pounced on our errors, but over the 90 minutes I really struggle to find anything Kaka and Pazzini did to affect the game. They are champions, but we made life extremely difficult for them.

“Once Milan take the lead, you need to be careful, as they can hurt you on the counter-attack. I still feel the only things we did wrong were on the two goals and not taking more of our many chances.

“We suffered a bit at the start, but from then on very little.”

Stefano Sturaro forced a sensational save out of Christian Abbiati and had a wonderful game overall in midfield. The Genoa youth product only turned 21 last month and was discovered by Gasperini.

“He is the complete midfielder, who is physically strong, has a fierce shot and fine technique with his right foot. He can also take free kicks. He just needs to play, to mature and earn experience. He has made such big steps forward this season and showed what he can do against big clubs.”

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