Sampdoria Coach Marco Giampaolo admits the derby against Genoa could be “ideal” after three defeats in a row.
The Blucerchiati were beaten by Milan, before being thrashed 4-1 by both Torino and Roma, and they play the Derby della Lanterna after the international break.
“We lost two games with too many goals conceded, and that makes losing all the harder,” Giampaolo confirmed to Sky.
“Before we were more solid, but the last two defeats to Torino and Roma put everything into question, particularly the self esteem of my lads.
“We need to have the strength to continue, to do the things we know how to do. In that sense the derby could be ideal.
“I love Samp and I think I’ve done good work with this club. There are ups-and-downs, but that’s the league.”