Delio Rossi warned Sampdoria “have to wake up now” and build their confidence after another 1-0 defeat to Milan.
With two points from six rounds, this is the worst ever start to a Serie A season for the Blucerchiati.
“The table isn’t good and we shouldn’t look at it right now. We’ve already met teams much stronger than we are and we didn’t help ourselves either,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“We are lacking a bit of belief, as we don’t play that badly, but at times give off the sense of not believing in ourselves. I think conviction is something we have to work on first of all.
“Can Sampdoria secure safety from relegation? This is a team that must secure safety.”
They have only one win in 17 rounds, against Juventus after the Scudetto had been won, seven draws and 10 defeats.
“I can only guess at what suddenly went wrong. This team came from Serie B and knew it had to confirm its status, whereas now we feel perhaps already comfortable here.
“People should be judged on what they do, not what they say. We’re not doing well, so anything I say will either be considered an excuse or avoiding reality, so it’s better to just stay quiet.”
Rossi’s position might be precarious, but across the city Fabio Liverani is expected to be fired by Genoa.
“Whenever there is a sacking it is a defeat for everyone. I don’t know what problems are at Genoa.
“Paradoxically, we are in this difficult moment precisely because we lost the Derby and didn’t play that game the way we should’ve done. That is in the past and we’ve got to wake up now.”