Monday January 6 2020
Ranieri: 'Semi-perfect Samp'

Claudio Ranieri said he was not “bitter” about the wasted opportunities against Milan at San Siro, and claimed Sampdoria played a “semi-perfect” match.

It ended in a goalless draw in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to Italian football and the Blucerchiati coach was happy with his teams’ performance after the full-time whistle.

“Excellent performance, Ranieri told Sky Sport Italia after the match. “We had scored in the first half, but he was half a foot offside.

“The team expressed themselves in a good way and it’s pleasing.

“There’s no bitterness. When you come here, you must play a perfect match to win. Ours was semi-perfect, because we wasted too many chances.

“I’m a little bit sad about this, because of the position we’re in at the moment, it would have pleased us.”

Fabio Depaoli came on for an injured Gaston Ramirez but was forced off himself during the first half. Ranieri couldn’t say anything about the seriousness of the injuries on any of the players.

“We will evaluate tomorrow, together with the doctor,” Ranieri said. “The doctor didn’t tell me anything. This is the third time Depaoli has injured the same ankle. Ramirez too, it’s the first one under the knee.”

Ranieri claimed he didn’t feel it was an ugly game, and despite his players picking up six bookings, he chose to point his finger at the only booked Milan player Rade Krunic.

“In the sense that we received six yellow cards, one could say it was a tough game,” Ranieri said. “It really wasn’t. I would like to review Krunic’s foul, which would have been his second yellow card.

About Morten Thorsby’s effort, the tactician seemed very pleased with the Norwegian’s work rate in the middle of the park.

“He’s a golden boy. I don’t know how many kilometres he ran today, but if he did less than 13 kilometres, I will tell him off,” he said and laughed.

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