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Wednesday October 31 2012
The way forward for Del Neri’s Genoa

Luigi Del Neri started life at Genoa with a defeat away to Milan. Luca Cetta looks at what the tactician needs in order to succeed with the Grifoni.

The typical Italian club President is short-term orientated. Instant results are a must and what happened three weeks ago may as well have happened three years ago. The seemingly endless flow of coaching changes can in part be attributed to jolting a misfiring team into form. It has worked for Cagliari, with Ivo Pulga overseeing three successive wins. The same cannot be said for Gian Piero Gasperini at Palermo or Chievo’s Eugenio Corini.

After Genoa’s capitulation versus Roma – they coughed up a two-goal lead to lose 4-2 – Enrico Preziosi was the latest to swing the axe, Luigi De Canio his latest victim. “The team had started to become confused in recent weeks and it was with that consideration that I decided to change,” said Preziosi. “I feel validated by my decision and in my heart I think it's the right one. De Canio worked well, but maybe I was expecting different things from him.”

Recent form was a catalyst. De Canio oversaw only two victories in 2012-13 – on the opening day against Cagliari and a smash-and-grab at Lazio. Following that late September win, the Grifoni gained just three more points. Then came the Giallorossi and the end of Preziosi’s patience.

The President believes Del Neri “can be the right man” even if his first match ended in defeat. On one hand he was handed a difficult assignment away to Milan. Yet this was a vulnerable Milan there for the taking, as Sampdoria and Atalanta have shown. In the end, Genoa succumbed to a single-goal loss. On a weekend of officiating errors, it was kick-started by the award of Stephan El Shaarawy’s goal.

The new boss took positives from the unfortunate reverse but knows they need time. “I am happy with the defensive work done by the lads. It wasn’t easy to come here and immediately set the tempo, but we have to get accustomed to attacking higher up the field.”

He added: “We have motivated players and I start from the idea you cannot want everything straight away. We must start from the positives and try to improve.”

Del Neri fielded his customary 4-4-2 formation, with Ciro Immobile leading the attack in the absence of Marco Borriello. He was joined on the sidelines by Marco Rossi, Damiano Ferronetti, Juan Manuel Vargas and the suspended Michele Canini. When Del Neri can include these ‘important absentees’ to the XI he will have the personnel to suit the shape, which he tends not to stray far from.

Besides fielding a narrower midfield toward the end of his reign, De Canio’s team utilised a wing-based style. This has been a mandate at the Grifoni in recent years and will suit the former Sampdoria tactician. A cavalier outfit in the past, whether they become accustomed to the counter-attacking method is another issue. Chasing a match can be a problem – Del Neri’s Juventus struggled to eradicate deficits and so too was the case on Saturday night, even if time was a factor.

Nonetheless, the Coach believes they are on the right path. “The team defended well and had courage, so I like that attitude, but I’d prefer more logical passing options. It will require patience, but this side already gives me some good guarantees.”

On Thursday Genoa host Fiorentina. A key to Del Neri’s Rossoblu reign will be to ensure the Stadio Luigi Ferraris is a fortress once more. A past Grifoni haven from patchy road form, it does not offer the same security this term. One win, two draws and two losses does not make for kind reading. Although, they face a Viola side winless on their travels.

They must do without the aforementioned absentees, bar the returning Canini. He has been impressive this term and is a boost for Del Neri, adding solidity to a backline which earned praise at San Siro. Del Neri’s task now is to transfer his ideas across to the squad and importantly, gain the confidence of the temperamental Preziosi.

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Have your say...
I thought del Neri did not show enough tactical flexibility at juventus... I think I will agree del Neri would be good to build a good foundation team that is strong organized an disciplined but as you can see the expectations change drastically when you coach juventus vs like chievo or Atalanta..for genoa I guess he will bring solidity in his 442 but I don think we can expect fireworks instead organized tactical and disciplined team. He may need some good players too for his 442 to work better.
on the 2nd November, 2012 at 9:59pm
@Daniel Giambrone. Doria finished 4th under Gigi just because of Cassano&Pazzini? How exactly do you then explain the team having the joint 3rd best defense in the league? football is a team game. At Chievo, Doria and Atalanta his teams played an attacking brand of football. so what he only uses 1 or 2 formations? Capello has been successful for over 20 years in football by using a variation of one simple footballing formation. when given the chance, gigi has always made his teams overachieve.
on the 1st November, 2012 at 9:14pm
@Rosario. Del Neri did a great job at Chievo, and he also done well at Samp. But, at Samp, he had the good fortune of having Cassano & Pazzini, in the form of their careers. I would never label him as progressive. He is limited tactically: it is almost always a 442/451 with him, irrespective of the players that he has at his disposal. I feel that his brand of football is also average at best, his sides lack decent ball retention, and play is fragmented.
on the 1st November, 2012 at 10:02am
A traitor. Sampdoria fans don't need to wish him bad luck. Genoa has fallen apart post-Gasperini and Preziosi is becoming more of a lunatic than Zamperini of Palermo.

The main problem with Genoa too is that they play well but in typical Italian style, they can't last the 90 minutes. I doubt sacking De Canio would make a real difference. Del Neri's Juve squandered leads and most people should expect the same thing with Genoa.
on the 31st October, 2012 at 10:08pm
Don't call me baby, and yeah he had success at chievo? I guess it takes a flying donkey to coach a bunch flying donkeys lol, and yeah udinese get to champions league all time they still dont get past the qualifying round, and nah mate progressive is coaches like lippi, conte, ancelotti, mourinho, stram, prandelli, mazzarari, but its up to u if wana promote del neri one of the best coaches around in series A
on the 31st October, 2012 at 9:31pm
The way forward Del Neri, is to play attacking, attractive football. Not the unambitious, defensive garbage you displayed vs Milan.

The Genoa owner was a fool for getting rid of De Canio. Under him Genoa played some fine football, and put up a real fight against the likes of Juve and Roma. Sure they lost some games, but IMO, their fortunes would have changed for the better, had they shown patience with the former QPR coach.
on the 31st October, 2012 at 6:52pm
@No10_Manny! you really are one clueless baby. are you 12 years old by any chance? Gigi is one of the most progressive coaches in our country and at Chievo he turned a lowly club into a serie A force. The foundations set by del neri are what has allowed Chievo to continue plying their trade in Serie A. In addition to Chievo, he also had a largely successful spell at Atalanta, who got relegated after he left! he guided sampdoria to the champions league. follow your local league little child!
on the 31st October, 2012 at 6:45pm
Which means he can never take credit for putting together this good squad, he never has a plan b just the usual "make a sub and pray for the best" if they are ever back pegging or losing, A.C milan have been poor in recent weeks so a 1-0 lost to them was lucky if you ask me but the same time not taking there chance, but the big clubs aside when it comes to taking on Roma Fiorentina Catania and Sampdoria the main competitors for the top half of the table, Del Neri has a big task on his shoulders if he the man to take genoa forward, plus I don't like his moustache
on the 31st October, 2012 at 2:39pm
The problem with del neri is he is not a manager to take clubs forward, he's only had one intact managing spell at sampdoria where he wasn't sacked, and had cassano n pazzini the two big fish in a small pond, at juventus his transfers brought in the likes of krasic bonnuci and quagliarella, krasic was an utter flop, bonnuci is only reaching his potiental now under conte and quags unfortunatly injured, the players such as rossi gilardino and vargras were never his transfers either..
on the 31st October, 2012 at 2:32pm

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