Genoa coach Davide Ballardini noted the many strengths of Lazio’s squad earlier this afternoon.

Speaking to gathered reporters in a press conference (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) ahead of Sunday’s match against the Biancocelesti, the 57-year-old Italian coach looked ahead to the game.

I want the maximum from my players, we must be focused on Sunday’s match against Lazio, a delicate and important match. They’re ambitious, they have a great team and they know they can compete until the end to reach the Champions League.

Both teams have a very important goal. Lazio have an extraordinarily strong squad, they have a lot of quality and physicality. They’re a solid team, and it’s wrong to think that only a few players can give you problems.

Ballardini then discussed the physical condition of captain Domenico Criscito.

We will lose Domenico Criscito who suffered a muscle strain yesterday, he must undergo tests and we will understand the extent. He should not be called up.


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