Genoa coach Davide Ballardini has hailed the talent of Juraj Kucka.

Ballardini's revival of Genoa has come in part thanks to Kucka's influence.

"Kucka is a great player, worthy of Real Madrid and can even become worthy of Barcelona. I know that was an exaggeration, but he really is a player who can still give a great deal," said the coach.