Sinisa Mihajlovic’s assistant manager Nenad Sakic admits “it’s not easy” to replace him for Lazio-Sampdoria today.
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Mihajlovic begins a two-game touchline ban for hurling insults at the fourth official and referee when he was sent off during the 0-0 draw with Fiorentina last week.
“I know that Sinisa cared a great deal about this game with his old club, especially as we are facing a team Sampdoria have beaten just once in the last 22 years,” said Sakic in his Press conference.
“I do feel the responsibility, as it’s not easy to take Sinisa’s place. We have proved that we can play against anyone.
“We want to pick up as many points as possible from here to the end of the season and then we’ll see where we end up.”
Daniele Gastaldello is out injured, so Sampdoria must do without their captain.
Sampdoria squad for Lazio: Da Costa, Falcone, Fiorillo; Berardi, Costa, De Silvestri, Fornasier, Mustafi, Regini, Rodriguez, Salamon; Bjarnason, Krsticic, Obiang, Palombo, Renan, Sestu, Soriano, Wszolek; Eder, Gabbiadini, Maxi Lopez, Okaka, Sansone
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