Ballardini: ‘Taarabt must enjoy talent’

Davide Ballardini wants Genoa striker Adel Taarabt to “feel the joy, pleasure and responsibility of wielding his talent” against Roma.

It kicks off on Sunday at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“Marassi is our home stadium and hopefully the atmosphere will help us do even better,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

The Grifone won on his debut after replacing the sacked Ivan Juric, earning a 1-0 victory away to Crotone that pulled them away from the foot of the table.

It’s a considerably tougher test tomorrow, as high-flying Roma come to town.

“We must ensure that we go beyond our capabilities. Roma, along with Juventus and Napoli, are the strongest side in Serie A. They have physical strength and technique, plus score many goals from midfield, so we’ve got to give it a healthy degree of determination and grit.”

Genoa are without injured Andriy Galabinov, but Ballardini confirmed striker Gianluca Lapadula “is not yet fully fit. Taarabt has extraordinary talent, but he must feel the joy, pleasure and responsibility of wielding that talent. Darko Lazovic has great quality and needs to express it on the field.

“We’re concentrated on what we have to do. We have to be clear, decisive and determined against world class players.”

Genoa squad for Roma: Perin, Spolli, Gentiletti, Cofie, Izzo, Bertolacci, Centurion, Lapadula, Taarabt, Rossettini Biraschi, Palladino, Migliore, Pandev, Rosi, Lazovic, Lamanna, Ricci, Rigoni, Zima, Omeonga, Veloso, Pellegri, Zukanovic, Laxalt

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