Prandelli: ‘Genoa not sacrificial lambs’

Cesare Prandelli warned Genoa will “not be passive or sacrificial lambs” against a “wounded” Roma side. “I don’t like defending too deep.”

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His debut on the Grifone bench was a 1-1 draw with SPAL, although Domenico Criscito was sent off after just 11 minutes.

“The team worked well and was concentrated, we tried to modify our approach play a little bit,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

Roma are in dire straits and it’s reported Coach Eusebio Di Francesco could be fired if he doesn’t win this game.

“I think we’ll meet a wounded Roma side who want to take the game by the scruff of the neck and make peace with the fans. Our attitude will be decisive, because we have no intention of being sacrificial lambs.

“I don’t like the idea of defending too deep, as all it takes is an individual error to create a huge danger. Daniel Bessa has quality and I’d like to see him in the heat of the action. Miguel Veloso and Sandro have similar characteristics, so unless there is an emergency, we’ll use one or the other.

“We have to seek our own performance and not be passive. Of course, there are moments when we’ll have to defend with 10 men, but other than that I want to see a team with courage.”

“Koray Gunter, Luca Mazzitelli and Gianluca Lapadula are not available. This side has been playing 3-5-2 for months, so there’s no point changing too much right now. We’ll start by pushing the wing-backs further up the field, because if we remain with five at the back, it becomes difficult to create anything.”

Prandelli was briefly the Roma Coach in the summer of 2004, but left before the season began because his wife was diagnosed with cancer.

“I had two months at Roma, but they were unforgettable months. What happened afterwards made it even more meaningful. I have very pleasant memories of Roma.”

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