Delio Rossi took “full responsibility” for Sampdoria’s humiliating Genoa Derby defeat and felt “pity” for the camouflage-clad spy.
The Blucerchiati had never before lost at home 3-0 to their local rivals.
“If we take the right lessons from this, then it can be a good defeat for us. We were too bad to be true tonight,” Rossi told Sky Sport Italia.
“We’ve got to work harder and better, because this is not good enough. I hope it was a one-off that we got wrong and I apologise to all the fans. I take responsibility as the Coach of this squad.
“We knew Genoa would play this way, but they did well to make the most of their opportunities and deserved the victory.
“We did badly in terms of technique. It’s true this isn’t the most scintillating side, but it is certainly better than this.”
Sampdoria had only 10 shots on goal in three rounds, fewer than any other club, and with one point it’s their worst start since 2004-05.
“We are often too stretched out and can’t keep the distances between sections, so the strikers can end up isolated and need to go deep to get the ball. In football you have to push forward, not back.”
The build-up to the Derby della Lanterna was truly strange, as Sampdoria caught Genoa youth team goalkeeping coach Luca De Prà hiding in the bushes to spy on their training session dressed in full camouflage gear.
“I am sure someone sent him, as he hardly went of his own volition,” noted Rossi, scoffing at Genoa’s claim it was ‘personal initiative.’
“I actually felt pity for him, as the poor thing said he was ‘just working’ when we caught him. Anyway, that whole affair had absolutely nothing to do with this result.”