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Genoa coach Alberto Gilardino previews Roma showdown: “Strootman will play, it’s fitting.”

Andy Mattioli

Genoa coach Alberto Gilardino addressed the media on the eve of the match with Roma.

The Italian technician attended today’s pre-match press conference before his team’s trip to the Italian capital.

“Tomorrow is a match with a high level of difficulty because we will face a team aspires to Champions League football, with a European dimension with quality players and technical depth.”

“This is what we prepared and I told the team: every energy we have at this moment we must bring to the field to finish in the best way because the boys deserve it.”

“De Rossi? I am happy to meet Daniele on the pitch tomorrow. I’m happy with the path he’s on and he can never be taken for granted. It is not easy to impose yourself on a technical and tactical level, especially on a human level. He provided important stimuli for his team.”

“Strootman? Kevin will play tomorrow. I talked to him. I think it’s the right ending for an incredible player, for the exemplary professional he has been throughout his career. Players like that are difficult to find, it is fitting for him tomorrow to take the responsibility of playing in his former stadium, against his former team.”

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