Ciro Ferrara sees extra danger for Sampdoria, as they take on Chievo today for new Coach Eugenio Corini’s debut.
Corini took over from Domenico Di Carlo this week, who was sacked after five consecutive defeats.
“It is difficult to interpret this match, because there has been a change of management and often that means the players have no more alibis, so have to raise their game,” said Ferrara.
“Chievo are a side who play good football and I expect them to be hungry for points, so we must continue the approach we’ve been having.
“Eugenio was my teammate at one stage, so I know him well. He is a Coach who likes to see his teams play well and can teach them about football. I don’t know if he can change something in their tactics, but he has got a great opportunity here and wants to make the most of it.
“Corini knows the Chievo environment well and can do wonderful things there. Obviously, I hope he starts impressing after playing against us!”
Maxi Lopez returns from a two-match ban, but Sampdoria are without the injured Eder, Nicola Pozzi, Andrea Poli and Juan Antonio.
“We all know the contribution Maxi gave to the side in the first few rounds. His return is important and I imagine he’ll want to make up for lost time,” continued Ferrara.
“I want us to continue playing as we have been, although I hope over time we’ll learn to be more cynical in some moments.”
Sampdoria squad for Chievo: Berni, Falcone, Romero; Berardi, Castellini, Costa, De Silvestri, Mustafi, Poulsen, Rossini; Krsticic, Maresca, Munari, Obiang, Renan, Soriano, Tissone; Estigarribia, Icardi, Maxi Lopez