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Andriy Shevchenko explains taking Genoa job

Andriy Shevchenko is excited taking the Genoa job.

The former Ukraine coach succeeded the sacked Davide Ballardini last week.

“This is a very important moment in my career as a coach," said Shevchenko at his presentation press conference this afternoon.

“I wish to think Josh Wander (of 777 Partners, the new Genoa owners) and Genoa's project for bringing me back to Italy, a country with which I have a special bond.

Genoa are an important club, this is a project I care about and the number one objective for us right now is to be in Serie A again next season. This is the oldest club in Italy and that means something. I hope to remain here for a long time."

He continued: "I was really convinced by this project. I believe Genoa can do great things in future. I remember it was like playing against 12 men at Marassi, because the fans were so passionate. I hope they can provide that atmosphere again, because we need their support.

“The team needs to be reinforced in January. Historically, it has always been a very aggressive side and we need the right mentality. Speaking to the players, I felt they too wanted to improve the situation.

“I think this side has certain characteristics, probably suited to either the 3-5-2 or the 4-3-3 formation."

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