Sunday November 24 2019
Ranieri: 'Samp goals will come'

Claudio Ranieri is confident Sampdoria are on the right track defensively and "the goals will come" eventually, starting from today's relegation clash with Udinese.

They host Udinese at 17.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

"We start from a positive moment. The draw against Atalanta told us that by fighting and suffering that we can do good things," said the coach in his press conference.

"Udinese are a team in good health. A side that is compact and starts very quickly. [Luca] Gotti has got some good results. Since replacing [Igor] Tudor, he has got his team playing in a more compact way."

Ranieri was asked if the international break will prove to be a good thing for his side.

"I will let you know by Sunday evening if it was good or not. But I must say the group is working really well."

Fabio Quagliarella has struggled for form this season, and has only scored once in Serie A, but Ranieri says he is trying to give confidence back to his striker.

"I hope so. I am always like Saint Thomas, if I don't see and touch, I don't believe. Fabio is doing well, he is close to unlocking the door.

"I try to put the team in a position to score goals. If I know that if a team goes into difficulty by pressing high, I do it. Instead, if I have to wait for them to make a mistake and then pounce, I will do that also.

"I am seeing our attacking players get more into tune with what I want, and if they continue as they have been doing in training, the goals will come."

The former Roma and Juventus manager was asked if Samp was sick.

"No it isn't. The team is doing just fine."

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