Friday January 11 2019
Giampaolo: 'Samp-Milan is 50-50'

Marco Giampaolo won’t throw Manolo Gabbiadini into the Sampdoria mix yet, as he expects a very tough Coppa Italia encounter with Milan.

The Round of 16 fixture kicks off on Saturday at 17.00 GMT.

“There is a sense of uncertainty, as it is our first game after the winter break and we want to pick up where we left off,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“The team has trained well and it’s a big opportunity for us, as the draw means we’re playing Milan on our home turf. It’s a great occasion for us and our fans, so we hope for an entertaining match and for Sampdoria to progress.

“These two sides have a similar philosophy, we’re only separated by one point in the Serie A table and we’ll both play to win. I recognise the quality of Milan, but anything can happen in a one-off match at Marassi. I’d say it’s 50-50.

“Milan have played in the last two Coppa Italia Finals, so it’s hardly as if we’re expecting an easy ride. This team was built to win.

“I use my best line-up for the game, so don’t ask about squad rotation, because that is insulting to the players. Some healthy competition helps everyone to improve.

“We hope to have Bartosz Bereszynski and Edgar Barreto back in training next week.”

Gabbiadini arrived today from Southampton in a deal worth around €12m, but it might be too early to throw him into the mix.

“I don’t see him as a wide player, but rather someone who needs to be in the thick of things. I’ll have to work with him before I can tell you if he’ll play more as a centre-forward or second striker.”

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