Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo wants his side to go beyond their provincial status and ‘not just be satisfied’ with their derby victory.
Samp beat city rivals Genoa 2-0 in the Derby della Lanterna, but the Coach made it clear he was thinking bigger than just local bragging rights.
“We can’t be satisfied with just winning the derby, we need to fight for a bigger objective,” he insisted at a Press conference.
“Fighting until the end of the season will help us grow professionally and not just financially.”
The Blucerchiati have an outside chance of qualifying for next season’s Europa League as they sit just five points behind sixth-placed Atalanta.
“This is the most important game of the season for our European aspirations and for whom we face.
“We are facing a team who are fighting for their lives, who since appointing Sinisa Mihajlovic have picked up more points than us in their last 11 games and have lost just once at home in that period.
“If we don’t get a result tomorrow then the derby victory will have meant nothing, but that game must be forgotten about now, it is in the past."
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“The derby clouds your mind. I didn’t like our stats from the game, we didn’t have enough possession for my liking.”
The former Empoli Coach was also asked about the possibility of some of his best players being sold by president Massimo Ferrero.
“I don’t want to talk about the future or transfers,” he concluded.
“I hope the President sells at the latest possible moment so my team will be at peace to focus on playing for the rest of the season.”