In the latest Genoa news, manager Davide Ballardini says his side will come up against the “best” team in Serie A when they face Napoli on Sunday.

The Partenopei have surrendered their lead at the top of Serie A to Juventus in recent weeks after managing just one point from their last two games.

Genoa head to Napoli seeking to bounce back from a last-gasp defeat to AC Milan last weekend although Ballardini is well aware his side are the underdogs.

“We are facing the best team, who play different football to everyone else,” he told reporters.

“It’ll be very exciting because we are playing against a side that knows its moves off by heart. I am very curious to see how we’ll perform.

“We are a side who make humility, hard work and generosity our priorities. We have seen that a goal can arrive at any moment, as unfortunately we learned last week. It’ll be a very intense match from start to finish, always alive for various reasons.”

Genoa are in 13th place in Serie A, six points clear of the bottom three, but Ballardini says they still have some work to do to secure survival and hopes his side can get a result at the San Paolo.

He added: “Napoli are well-drilled, we work very hard, it’ll be exciting for us to face, as I said, the most talented team in Serie A. We still need points because the race to avoid relegation is still wide open and that is extra motivation for us.”

Genoa are definitely without Miguel Veloso and Armando Izzo for Sunday’s match while Adel Taarabt and Giuseppe Rossi are doubts.