Alessandro Legnazzi

GRIFO D’ATTACCO – Genoa looks at everyone from top to bottom

Beppe Nuti, Telenord journalist

A pearl of Caleb Ekuban gives the three points to Genoa that wins the Arena Garibaldi-Romeo Anconetani in Pisa 1-0: first place in the standings ex aequo with Ascoli. We will talk about the rossoblù moment with Beppe Nutia Telenord journalist, in the 272nd episode of the “Grifo d’Attacco”.

A Genoa that is not beautiful but solid wins in Pisa. First of all, the memory that the teams paid to the Captain, Gianluca Signorini was touching: Pisa-Genoa is his match, as well as the other unforgettable Gigi Simoni and Franco Rotella. Coming to our usual analysis, I start from a fact: Genoa has put an end to the (almost) one hundred years of solitude – to quote Gabriel Garcia Marquez – since the victory in Pisa. It was, in fact, since 1925 that the rossoblùs hadn’t beaten the Pisans at home. THEGrifo has perfectly immersed himself in the mechanisms of Serie B with an excellent average points already after three games played against a relegated from Serie A and two participants in the last play-offs, one of which was a finalist. This team will lose a few times during the season also due to the high quality of the staff“.

Quality and quantity. It’s true, especially in midfield. Genoa has two teams, a good bench and a squad with balanced and assorted departments: the fans have little to fear because Blessin can count on an eleven always competitive regardless of the absences that will happen during the season: the B is as long as the Serie A but it is a championship where different characteristics emerge, for example athletic endurance, to the detriment of the enjoyment of the matches and the fluidity of the game. At the beginning of the season, practicality and continuity of results prevail over aesthetics: Genoa must go to the top and break away from third place as much as possible. We see that already from the third day the rossoblù are looking down on everyone and have only conceded one goal due to an injury to the goalkeeper.“.

Ekuban on the cover with a sumptuous net. I am very happy for the boy, who among other things was a veteran of an Achilles tendon problem: he deserves to experience such an electrifying moment with the Genoa shirt after the incessant criticisms that are not balanced but exasperated towards him. His right interior touch to step over Nicolas is a beauty to see and review. In addition to Ekuban, best in the field, he also deserves praise the performance of Josep Martinez, who seemed to be growing from the point of view of safety in the interventions. I appreciated the concentration of Dragusin and Bani, it was not easy to quickly reread Pisa after Torregrossa’s injury that took away a point of reference“.

Will the latest signings take the field on Saturday against Parma, the first match after the market is closed? Blessin will make some choices after seeing the training sessions of the week but I think he will call them all, including George Puscas. I tend to rule out a Strootman job: in Marseille he was training alone and needs time to get into shape, although the Dutchman grants the option of a move to three-man midfield. Against a Parma that will come to the Ferraris to play the game, I look forward to seeing Aramu’s fantasy, perhaps in place of Portanova who, as a substitute, can break the balance with his overwhelming qualities.“.

Alessandro Legnazzi and Beppe Nuti

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