Wednesday December 13 2017
Giampaolo: 'Samp need intensity'

Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo had “doubts on the penalties” that allowed Fiorentina to win their Coppa Italia tie 3-2.

The Blucerchiati twice got back on level terms, but Jordan Veretout converted his second spot-kick of the game in the final minute.

“I didn’t like the first half performance, as we were only playing at 50 per cent of our real potential and were fortunate to go into the break on level terms,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

“The fact we conceded within 90 seconds of kick-off says it all. Samp are a side who cannot play at a slow tempo, as otherwise we become a ‘normal’ team. Intensity is necessary for our concept of football.

“Duvan Zapata didn’t move enough and I did not appreciate his first half showing, but the second half was better, as we didn’t hold back. Admittedly, we weren’t fortunate by hitting the woodwork twice, while there were defensive distractions on the goals.

“We were all ready to fight it out in extra time when we were caught cold with the penalty. I do have some doubts on the penalties, as they looked like videogames. Penalties are serious and can’t be handed out just like that. I didn’t like the referee’s performance overall.”

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