German Alexander Blessing celebrated his first win with Genoa after seven draws.
Alexander Blessin literally exploded. The really cool Swabian danced in front of the fans. What happened? Blessin and the Genoa entourage went through a wave of emotions. Portanova put his side ahead at home against Torino in the 14th minute. Just ten minutes later, however, Norwegian central defender Ostigard saw the second yellow card. Outnumbered, Genoa had to tremble for victory for more than an hour. For the first win under the 48-year-old German coach.
Seven draws since taking office
0-0 v Udine, 0-0 at AS Roma, 1-1 v Salernitana, 1-1 Venice, 0-0 v Inter Milan, 0-0 v Empoli, 0-0 Bergamo. That was the record of the Genoa coach since taking office at the end of January. Before the match against Torino. Alexander Blessin is 48 years old, was born in Stuttgart and is a big unknown in the coaching industry. He was brought in by Johannes Spors, the first German sports director in Serie A. He only came to Genoa from Vitesse Arnhem in December. The 38-year-old watched seven games before parting ways with former world star Andrei Shevchenko. Shortly thereafter he installed a German coach with Blessin. Apart from Rudi Völler’s 25-day tenure as AS Roma coach in 2004, this is also a novelty in Serie A. Spors was once Leipzig’s chief scout. Blessin started there ten years ago (he was brought in by Ralf Rangnick) as an assistant coach for the U17s and worked his way up before moving to Oostende in Belgium in 2020 and finally to Genoa.
The problem with his flawless record so far: it didn’t really help Genoa, the club was penultimate with 19 points. Distance to the first non-relegation place: six points. Before this Friday evening there was only one threesome in the league: on September 12, 2021 a 3-2 in Cagliari. On the third day of play. Now Genoa has overtaken Venice, but the relegated team had two games less at the time. And the non-relegation zone was missing three points, although Cagliari had a game less.