Ballardini: ‘The new owners have excellent intentions’

by | Sep 24, 2021 19:59

Genoa coach Davide Ballardini said the ‘new owners have excellent intentions’ for the Grifone and claimed ‘there’s enthusiasm’ ahead of the home game against Hellas Verona.

The match against the Gialloblu will be the first match since 777 Partners completed a takeover at Marassi, as Enrico Preziosi has officially sold the club.

The change at the top was the topic at the press conference ahead of the match against Igor Tudor’s men and Ballardini looks forward to a new chapter for Italy’s oldest club.

“I think they have excellent intentions,” Ballardini said. “We come from a period that for many years has been led, I would say well, by President Preziosi.

“Now, it’s a new chapter. The hope of those who love Genoa is that these people will do their best and know how to manage a club among the most important, not only in Italy, but around the world.

“We, as a technical group and players, are very focused on our commitment on the pitch.”

Tudor expects ‘tough battle’ in Genoa

And talking about the match against Verona, as Genoa search for their first home win of the season, Ballardini expects a big test from the Gialloblu.

“Verona are a team that have changed little over the last three years,” he said. “They have always done well.

“Genoa, on the contrary, have changed a lot and have always had so many difficulties in recent years. We play against a team that have clear ideas of the game, the players are more or less the same.

“We have a lot of seriousness and we put a lot of effort and we need to understand faster to be competitive.

“You need a lot of heart, a lot of head, to be a team, fury and clarity in what you have to do with and without the ball.”

Davide Ballardini

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