Genoa boss Gian Piero Gasperini has challenged his side to defy the odds by emerging from Turin with a positive result tomorrow afternoon, but concedes claiming points from a “strong” Juventus outfit will represent a difficult prospect.
The experienced tactician, speaking in Liguria ahead of the Rossoblu’s departure, refuted suggestions that his team would merely set out their stall to restrict the hosts.
Instead, Gasperini, who returned for a second spell in the Genoa dugout at the end of September, pointed to the need for an encouraging performance as his men look to quell any fears of being sucked into a relegation battle.
The 55-year-old began: “Juventus appear to be strong and in good shape, but I think that Conte was right when he spoke about experiencing a tougher season this time around.
“We’ll defend with attention and sit back when necessary, looking to attack on the counter with as much quality as possible. A positive performance would increase our self-belief. We’re determined to get a result.”
Piedmont-born Gasperini has fond memories of Turin after spending his formative football years as a player with the Juventus academy before cutting his teeth as a coach.
He progressed from Giovanissimi to Primavera coach between 1994 and 2003, before departing to embark on his first senior managerial position with Crotone.
He added: “Juventus was an important experience as far as I was concerned. It formed my mentality and approach to my work and I was lucky enough to meet champions and great managers.”