NEWS
Sunday May 12 2019
Empoli timing right for Andreazzoli

Aurelio Andreazzoli trusts Empoli have found their form at the right time to surge out of the relegation zone as they visit Sampdoria.

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“The statistics in training show we are finding our fitness levels again,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“It’s no coincidence that we put in such a strong performance against Fiorentina last week and now we hope that fitness can help consolidate our tactical identity too.”

Genoa lost to Atalanta on Saturday and remain on 36 points, with Empoli in the drop zone on 32, Udinese 34, then Bologna 37 and Parma 38.

“It is a difficult situation we are in, but I feel those around this squad have extraordinary faith in them, one might even say it is anomalous in the circumstances.

“This shows how much the lads play for themselves, but also those who cheer them on. The people can sense the determination and effort, so many clubs and fanbases ought to take Empoli as an example.

“Sampdoria are a very difficult opponent to take on, as they have a particular tactical approach and some very talented individuals. It’s science fiction to think Samp will hold back or let us take control, because that’s not the style of Marco Giampaolo or Fabio Quagliarella.

“The great thing about Samp is that they play interesting football and always try to take the initiative. They might win or lose, but that’s beside the point.”

Empoli desperately need a victory, but star striker Francesco ‘Ciccio’ Caputo is in doubt.

“Ciccio has this toe injury and we’ve done absolutely everything. We’ll verify if he can play or not, but there’s a good chance he might not be able to make it.”

Confirmed absentees are Kevin Diks, Domenico Maietta, Antonino La Gumina, Luca Antonelli, Lorenzo Polvani and Levan Mchedlidze.

Empoli squad for Sampdoria: Dragowski, Perucchini, Provedel; Dell’Orco, Di Lorenzo, Nikolaou, Pajac, Pasqual, Rasmussen, Silvestre, Veseli; Acquah, Bennacer, Brighi, Capezzi, Krunic, Traore, Ucan; Caputo, Farias, Oberlin

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