Claudio Ranieri held his pre-match press conference on Friday morning at Trigoria, taking questions about the weekend trip to face Genoa. With just four games remaining in Serie A this season, the Giallorossi travel to Liguria knowing they need to win to enhance their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League. “I’m expecting a tough game against Genoa – this is a team that have beaten Atalanta, Lazio and Juventus. We’ll need to be super focused”.
On Edin Dzeko; “I’ve got two training sessions to make a call on that – I hope he’s okay. He had a slight ankle sprain. Hopefully he trains as normal today and tomorrow”.
On Nicolo Zaniolo: “He’s ready and he’s got a great deal to offer us but it’s never going to be plain sailing in a player’s first year. His inner strength and physicality are a real boost for him. He’s ready and available.”
On Lorenzo Pellegrini: “He’s developing as a player – he’s young, very dynamic and comfortable getting round the pitch, with the ball at his feet and getting involved. The more he plays the more expertise he’ll develop, which is something you need in midfield. He’s very good wide in a midfield three – he gives me lots of options.”
On the possibility to switch back to a 4-3-3 formation: “Of course. I could well use a 4-3-3 set-up because this team is built for that system. We could also play with a number 10 behind the striker. Let’s see – I’m looking closely at our opponents and we’ll draw from what we see in training. We’ll try and pick the best line-up possible.”
Finally the Giallorossi's coach spoke about Iker Casillas: “I want to wish all the best to Iker Casillas – I hope he can get back playing. If not, I wish him the best of luck for the future.”
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