Sunday January 21 2018
Quagliarella: ‘Hat-trick down to fun’

Fabio Quagliarella believes his hat-trick against Fiorentina is a result of the ‘fun’ he is having at Sampdoria.

The veteran forward netted a superb treble in the Blucerchiati’s 3-1 win over the Viola this afternoon, taking his season tally to 15 goals in 21 Serie A appearances.

“Without your head, your body cannot go anywhere,” the 34-year-old told reporters after the final whistle at Marassi.

“I am in an environment that I like a lot, a team in which I have a lot of fun and everything else comes from that.

“I dedicate the hat-trick to my family and myself.”

Despite his hat-trick, Quagliarella had to be substituted in the 75th minute of this afternoon’s match after picking up a knock.

“The change? I was already suffering before the third goal but I carried on. We will see with the doctors.

“Hopefully I stopped at the right moment.”

Sampdoria’s tenth win of the season means they move up to sixth place in the table, and their hat-trick hero is now targeting Europa League qualification.

“The boss has talked about that as well. Right now we are there, I don’t see why we shouldn’t try.

“We should enjoy the burden though, it shouldn’t weigh us down. It’s better to fight for Europethan against relegation.”

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