The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

GENOA’S Gio­vanni Sime­one said a pre-match talk with his dad, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Sime­one, spurred him on to a brace that laid the foun­da­tions for a shock 3-1 win over Serie A cham­pi­ons Ju­ven­tus. Genoa moved up to ninth and although coach Ivan Juric praised his side’s un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment, he also had the Sime­ones to thank. “Be­fore ev­ery game I speak to my dad, but not about foot­ball – although it’s true he told me I would score against Juve,” said Sime­one, who was born in Madrid in 1995 while his fa­mous fa­ther was play­ing for Atletico. Gio­vanni has been watched with in­ter­est since sign­ing for Genoa in the sum­mer fol­low­ing a one-sea­son loan deal with Ar­gen­tine side Ban­field. Although he dif­fers in that he is an out-and-out striker, the con­fi­dent streak is the same. “I knew you’d be in­ter­view­ing me to­day for some­thing other than my dad,” added Sime­one, who now has four goals in 10 ap­pear­ances for Ivan Juric’s side. Juric was keen to play down the in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances of his play­ers, say­ing only that Rigoni and Sime­one “are do­ing well”. And amid sug­ges­tions Sime­one could soon fol­low in­jured Juve star Paulo Dy­bala into the Ar­gentina na­tional side, he is keep­ing his feet planted firmly on the ground. “I’m ready for any­thing,” he added. “If there’s an op­por­tu­nity I’ll jump at it, but we’ll see what comes and when. For the mo­ment, I’m just happy to be here and learn­ing from other play­ers like Pav­o­letti, the coach and from ev­ery­one.”

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