As we enter Season 10, Genoa enter our 2nd Season in the top flight, looking to go 1 better with our target of bettering our top 6 finish of last season or come away with some silverware, being much higher than our Chairman’s target of avoiding relegation. There are 4 more players due in to join Giovinco as the new (or returning in Giovinco’s case) recruits. Stephan El Shaarawy will also be returning on Monday along with Pedro Pereira, with Nkunku and Loftus-Cheek leaving us. Gianluca Mancini moves in exchange for Michael Keane on the 6th April, followed by Tiemoué Bakayoko in exchange for Juan Bernat 2 days later.
Domenico Criscito continues as club captain with goalkeeper Mattia Perin as deputy, keeping the Genoese roots of the club. Salah will remain as the club’s number 9, with Seba Giovinco to be used as a suber sub. SES, Ziyech, Oyarzabal, Vinicius Jr & Ox will all be used to support, with our 1st choice pairing of Doucouré & Bakayoko holding the Midfield together. We will be hoping that come the end of the season, Kouamé, Leão, Zaniolo and hopefully 1 or 2 others from our youth team will be at the level to compete for minutes.
For the pre-season, our youth team will be playing the next 3 games against Zenit, Fiorentina & CSKA. With the 1st team back for the final friendly in the Derby d’ella Lanterna v Samp.