Davide Nicola has stressed that Genoa will need to turn on the “turbo” and work as a team in order to stay up this term.

Ahead of the match against Bologna this weekend, Genoa are currently three points away from safety in the League but are coming from a run of three positive results.

Back-to-back draws against Fiorentina and Atalanta were followed up by a win against Cagliari, but Nicola wants to see his team at full throttle during the last months of the campaign.

“They’re three useful results and are pleasing, but still few,” Nicola said at a press conference. “Our situation requires us to accelerate.

“I want to see a Genoa turbo. We have gained awareness. We have to improve many things. I focus on balance, which brings both defensive and attacking advantages.

“It’s the team performance that makes the difference.”

After three consecutive wins in Serie A, Saturday’s opponents have established themselves in the fight for a place in Europe, despite having gone through a very difficult situation this season.

Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic was diagnosed with leukaemia in July and assistant Emilio De Leo said he had “inspired” the team after their 3-2 win against Roma last Friday.

Nicola is aware of the big task his team is up against this weekend, when they are travelling to Renato Dall’Ara to face a confident Bologna.

“Bologna are a very strong team, we don’t want to be outdone,” he said. “I understand Mihajlovic very well. The pain leads to reorganisation and if you have healthy values, you can find meaning in everything.”

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