Fiorentina v Genoa: Preview

FLORENCE, September 26 (Serie A) - Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino is confident the team will bounce back from Wednesday night's 3-0 mauling by Lazio.
The Viola will look to make up for the defeat on Saturday evening when they host a Genoa side on a high after their 3-1 win over Roma.

"This team has never disappointed,'' Corvino said on Radio Fiesole. "For more than three years we have gained results Sunday after Sunday.

"We have always reacted to every difficulty and we have, and will remain, faithful in this group of players.

"One, two or three games are not enough to change who we are. The defeat to Lazio wasn't a downpour, it was a hailstorm. In the past few years we have gotten use to always seeing the sun and so when something different happens it spooks us.

"Let's remind ourselves that this is a great group that can do well. We can still reach that level that we need to confirm ourselves as a top side.

"In a big team there is always a healthy rivalry from players who recognise their team-mates are at the same level as them.

"We made a great sacrifice this summer to bring in players that are important to our growth.

"We still have a lot of work to do with not much time available. Between preliminary matches, the summer Olympics and other things we missed out on some necessary time to develop.''

Fiorentina have picked up just four points from as many games and will be looking for a win this weekend to avert any talk of a crisis.

Genoa, meanwhile, have shown some good home form with two wins, but have looked less impressive on their travels, failing to pick up a single point on the road.

Striker Diego Milito is looking to add to the four goals he has netted already since his return to the Grifone following a three-year spell at Spanish side Real Zaragoza.

"Here they make me feel special but we are all for one and one for all,'' he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I still need to re-adapt to Italian football and its different rhythm with respect to that in Spain. It is true that my physical form still needs to improve and develop.

"We as a club are moving forward without too much of a rush. Faith in our possibilities is important but our main objective remains keeping well clear of the critical zone in the table.

"Milito is part of a group. Whoever believes that certain results are down to just me are making a big mistake.

"Genoa are above all a team. We are united and have some great moral values. Our success comes from this.''

Rossoblu coach Gian Piero Gasperini is likely keep changes to a minimum from the side that beat Roma, although he is without injured defender Alessandro Potenza.

For the hosts, coach Cesare Prandelli has a full squad to choose from and will make a few changes to the side that lost in Rome.

Massimo Gobbi and Gianluca Comotto will take over from Juan Vargas and Luciano Zauri in defence.

In midfield, Marco Donadel will come in for Sergio Almiron, while Mario Santana and Giampaolo Pazzini could feature in attack, replacing Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Alberto Gilardino.