Monday November 4 2019
Ranieri: 'Balance first, identity later'

Claudio Ranieri claims “balance” is more important to Sampdoria than forging an identity right now after they beat SPAL 1-0 on Monday.

Gianluca Caprari came off the bench to head in a stoppage-time winner for Samp, and Ranieri felt his players were benefitting from a new-found “belief” in themselves.

“It was a tough game, but we knew it would be,” the former Roma boss told Sky Sport Italia.

“We had more attempts on goal: maybe a draw would’ve been fair, but if we scored so late then it means we didn’t stop believing.

“We need to believe in these lads. I hope to get them out [of danger] soon. Right now, I need all my players.

“[Forging an identity] all depends on how many points we pick up, although right now the most important thing is balance.”

Fabio Quagliarella was dropped from the starting XI at SPAL, despite being a virtual ever-present for the Blucerchiati this season, and the coach explained why.

“He picked up a thigh problem during the week and, because there were so many matches close together, I preferred to rest him.

“Anyway, I liked how Bonazzoli, Gabbiadini and Caprari players. Caprari’s a unique player, I rate him highly.”

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