Saturdayevening at 20.45 hours number 3 and 10 Napoli and Genoa play against each other in Stadio San Paolo. A lot of Genoa-fans travel 714 kilometers to the South to support our team that misses Dainelli, Milanetto and Palacio who all three got a yellow card against Lecce so they surely can play the derby next week. Genoa has 2 born Napolitans: Criscito and Floro Flores, Napoli has 2 ex-Genoani: Lavezzi and Mascara.
Genoa has beaten Lecce by 4-2 with 2 goals of both Floro Flores and Rodrigo Palacio. Genoa is now 10th in the standings and 99% sure of being in Serie A also next season. After only 3 minutes Davide di Michele opened the score, but the joy of Lecce lasted only 7 minutes when Antonio Floro Flores scored the equalizer. Again Di Michele gave Lecce a new advantage, but just before halftime Rodrigo Palacio scored the equalizer: 2-2 at halftime. In the second half Palacio (with a header!) and Floro Flores both scored their second goal and gave us a 4-2 victory and a position on the left side of the standings.
Today at 15.00 hours Genoa plays the 34th match of this season. Another victory can bring us at the left side of the standings and probably gives us the mathematical sureness of being in Serie A also next season. Mr. Ballardini misses Marco Rossi, Miguel Veloso and Bosko Jankovic in the team that did win the first match in Lecce by 3-1. The 19 players that have to bring us a happy easter:
GOALKEEPERS: 1 Eduardo, 88 Perin, 73 Scarpi.
DEFENDERS: 23 Antonelli, 4 Criscito, Dainelli, 13 Kaladze, 24 Moretti.
MIDFIELDERS: 29 Jelenic, 5 Konko, 33 Kucka, 20 Mesto, 77 Milanetto, 18 Rafinha.
STRIKERS: 9 Boselli, 22 Destro, 83 Floro Flores, 8 Palacio, 43 Paloschi
The victory arrived and Genoa is now 10 points ahead of the relegation-zone. Number 18 Sampdoria (!) has 32 points and has only 5 matches to try to stay in Serie A. The goals of Genoa today were scored by Rafinha and Antonelli, while Berardi scored in his own goal. Genoa is now 11th in the standings and has to climb at last 1 position to reach the misson of this season: ending inbetween the first 10 teams in the standings.
After 2 defeats against Cagliari (0-1, Acquafresca) and Juventus (3-2, winning goal by Luca Toni) that both were lost by a goal of a recent ex-player the chance to reach Europa League is over. The mission of this season, ending at the left side of the standings, still is reasonable. On the other hand Genoa wants to be sure to stay in Serie A for next season as soon as possible. For both reason we need to win against Brescia today. Most of the injuries are over, so this is the right time to book a new victory in this colorless season. Mr. Ballardini can use the following 19 players today:
GOALKEEPERS: Eduardo, Perin, Scarpi
DEFENDERS: Chico, Dainelli, Kaladze, Mesto, Moretti
MIDFIELDERS: Antonelli, Criscito, Konko, Kucka, Milanetto, Rafinha, Rossi
STRIKERS: Boselli, Floro Flores, Palacio, Paloschi
After 3 editions in Genova the 4th United in the name of Genoa is Saturday 21st May in Naarden, Holland. Besides some Dutch teams also at least 1 Italian team is expected in Holland. Both Easyjet (Malpensa-Amsterdam) and Transavia (Pisa-Amsterdam) are ready to bring the real Griffins to the land of total-football. In case our heroes in the Serie A at the last moment still have the chance to reach Europa League there is also the possibility to fly back with Easyjet on Sundaymorning and be back on time in Marassi to see Genoa beating Cesena. But first the guys of the Bel Paese have to try to win back the trophy which is since last October in the arms of Genoa Club Amsterdam. A presto !