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      16.03.2019 10:00 - in: Serie A S

      Opposition Watch: Genoa

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      An in-depth look at our Sunday opponents
      THE PATH

      It’s the 45th minute between Torino and Genoa: the Ligurians are in front by a goal. Incredibly, head into the break 2-1 down courtesy of goals from Ansaldi and Belotti. This would be the final verdict for Ivan Juric, who had previously replaced Davide Ballardini after eight games. When Cesare Prandelli arrives, six games later, things are indeed complicated and the gap between Genoa and the drop zone is just four points. With the former Italian National Team coach, things have improved and they are now nine points clear from the final relegation spot.

       

      Up...

      If the peak of Juric's management is represented precisely by the draw won in the first leg at the Allianz Stadium, the most recent victory under the tutelage of Cesare Prandelli has thrilled the fans for the way it happened. At home to Lazio, Genoa closed the first half with a goal. In the last quarter of an hour the momentum of the hosts allowed them to win three really valuable points. The draw was signed by Sanabria, their new January signing who was brought in to replace Piatek. In the third minute of stoppage time, Captain Criscito set fire to Curva Nord with a diagonal from outside the area that kissed the inner post.

       

      ...and down

      After the point snatched in Turin against Juventus, the subsequent away game of Genoa says that the Juric’s exploits in his debut match was an isolated episode. At San Siro against Inter, in fact, the Rossoblu collapsed under the weight of a 5-0 defeat; where two stoppage times goals by the Nerazzurri made the scoreline a complete drubbing. What makes the defeat in even worse, that the goals from Gagliardi and Politano, were to blame on defensive errors.

       

      THE PROTAGONIST

      Born in Bucharest, with 22 appearances to his name, Andrei Radu has established himself as Genoa’s goalkeeper during the season. At the beginning, it wasn’t so easy, with some errors taking place like in the home game against Parma. Later, however, the boy put on a series of very good performances, notably during the home appearances against Atalanta (with penalty saved against Ilicic) and Fiorentina (0-0 - the result of many of his decisive interventions). Recently some of his best games have been played when away: in Empoli, where he was decisive in the first half; in Bologna, where he saved the draw in three circumstances, he couldn’t prevent a goal coming from Destro after going the wrong way.

       

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