Ranieri ahead of Genoa: “I expect a difficult match”.

John Solano

Roma manager Claudio Ranieri spoke today ahead of this weekend’s away match against Genoa. These are his words:

Genoa are in a negative moment. What sort of match are you expecting?
I’m expecting a tough game – this is a side that have already beaten Juventus, Atalanta and Lazio. We’ll need to be focused.

How is Dzeko? Is he ready to play?
He still has two training sessions to decide, I hope he is fine. He had a sprained ankle, I hope he can train regularly today and tomorrow.

Could Pastore be a key against Genoa or could we see Pellegrini as the trequartista?
He is important because we’ve got four games left and they all promise to be very tough. I need my players to be at 100% – so I can pick the team I want. But those who don’t start shouldn’t feel they are less important. The club comes before individual egos.

You had very positive words for Schick when you arrived but now he seems like a bit of an afterthought.
He isn’t. I repeat, for me, he is very strong. I read his agent’s statements today and agree with them. I bet on this guy, there are those who mature right away and those who need more time, but this lad is very good.

After the loss against Spal, you said the team may have to be downsized without the Champions League. Has anything changed in these last few weeks or months? Is there a project in this club that is changing?
I came here to try and help the team – hoping for the aid of the fans too, who so far have been a big help to us. The next boss? I’m a coach who likes to do his work on the training ground, anything outside of that is of no interest to me.


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