«Mateo is fine, he trained and will be in the game like Strootman. Only Jagiello and Junior Messias will be left out. “He is fine and has been training for three days. Let’s go further. The important thing is that he is fine and that the team has had excellent training sessions.” Regarding the presence of the attacker on the pitch from the first minute: «These are assessments that will be made in the last twenty-four hours. Evaluations are being carried out with him and other boys,” we read in TMW.
TECHNICAL BALANCE – «I am happy with the path we have taken, for the response that the boys gave from a technical point of view. Those who stayed last season continued with the team’s philosophy. In tomorrow’s game we face a team that has changed the technical direction slightly and when you change you have difficulties. It is a team with experienced players like Candreva and Fazio and forwards who attack in depth. For our part, we must and need to immediately create the conditions in the match to face it with respect for our opponents,” explains Gilardino.
INZAGHI NEW OPPONENT COACH – «When you change you give yourself some new stimulus. Inzaghi did very well in the difficult conditions of Reggio Calabria. He will want to leave a clear mark on his team. We must think about what we should do in the match with appropriate calm and not with frenzy to create favorable conditions. “It will take great determination and great skill on everyone’s part.”
WITH STROOTMAN MORE OPTIONS IN THE MIDFIELD – «I have options and different solutions with different features. I will do characteristic evaluations with the players who will be in those positions. As in defense and attack, I will make my assessments.”
FINISHES – «He has always trained with us and tomorrow he will be in the game. Very little has been said about a player who debuted with Genoa in 2006. These are situations that must be made clear in an environment. If there is a possibility for young people to play, it is due to the growth of the youth sector and the first team. When there is a possibility, if there are strong players, I have always taken them into account. It is normal for there to be hierarchies, strong players who have had many appearances under their belt. I will make some evaluations,” says Gilardino.
ATTENTION TO THE UPCOMING COMPETITIONS – «After Bergamo a statement was made to me, in the sense that after this journey that the team has made against high-level teams, more accessible matches are now coming. We must not fall into the trap of thinking that games are coming that may seem more affordable. They will be very balanced matches that will be decided in the details because the points matter, like the previous ones. On a mental level you need to have a high level of attention and this is essential for tomorrow night. I am convinced that the boys will implement this type of mentality.”
BOGETOR FOR OPPONENT COACHES – «No ghosts. They are ways to watch the games, analyze them and find the best possible strategy. “We try to find solutions and we try to allow the players to express themselves as best as possible.”
ABSENCES – «I have always thought that my players are the best I could coach, because it is the truth. “We have to improve in the last third of the field, a pocketed ball, a well-made cross, a fierce attack, these are things we work on and we have to improve.”
MALINOVSKYI – «I wait for a next step: it must be determined. He has the qualities to do it,” concludes Gilardino.