Gian Piero Gasperini said this Genoa side is “the most satisfying moment of my career,” but they might not be allowed into Europe.
The Grifone leapfrogged arch rivals Sampdoria into fifth place after a 4-1 demolition job on Atalanta this afternoon.
However, the club was denied a UEFA licence due to unpaid transfer bills worth €4m and reportedly have little chance of changing that on appeal.
“This was a great performance and certainly not easy against a highly motivated Atalanta,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“We believe in Europe and it would be a real injustice towards everyone in the city if we didn’t achieve it. If there is a side that deserves to qualify for the Europa League, it’s Genoa.
“For a club of our dimension it would be enormously satisfying to take part in a European competition, so of course I’d love that.
“In general the overall growth of this side is the most satisfying moment of my career.”
The ultras are concerned, especially as if Genoa are ruled out of Europe by financial miscalculations within the club, it would most likely hand the place to their city rivals Sampdoria instead.
“It’s inevitable there is going to be murmuring among the fans, but we have to focus on the pitch. I don’t think the situation is that serious and we’ll need to see what happens in appeal.
“Not going into Europe after earning the right on the field would penalise many people.”
It’s believed the €4m outstanding was for transfers to overseas clubs.
Some have suggested President Enrico Preziosi had the money, but preferred to wait and pay it off later, not realising Genoa would indeed be in a position to qualify for the Europa League.