Davide Nicola will face the Salento team for the second time as a coach. The only precedent was the salvation challenge won by Genoa at Marassi in the post lockdown.
Second meeting between Nicola and Lecce after Genoa-Lecce 2-1 on 19 July 2020. In an empty stadium due to the pandemic, the rossoblu punished Liverani’s team after a cursed match. The advantage at the start of Sanabria was answered by Mancosu’s cross shot at the beginning of the second half after the penalty shot to the stars by the captain himself. The mocking deviation triggered by Jagiello’s shot nine minutes from the end. Gabriel-Rete post-back, punishment for the Giallorossi and gift of a huge advantage to Genoa in the sprint salvation.
Even as a footballer, Nicola is unbeaten against Lecce. In detail, as a host he obtained two draws (Siena in A in 2004/05 for 1-1 and then with Ternana 0-0 in B two years earlier) and as many victories (round 3-0 in 1994/95 with Ancona, 2-0 with Genoa in 1996/97). Finally, at Via del Mare, victory in the Ancona jersey (1-2), equal with Ternana (0-0) and success with Spezia in B in 2006/2007. Curiously, on two occasions in which Lecce won against the football player Nicola, the latter was on the bench (Lecce-Genoa 1-0, 1996/1997) or not called up (Spezia-Lecce 0-2, 2006/2007).