Sunday January 12 2020
Ranieri: 'Many strings to Balo's bow'

Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri believes it will be difficult to contain Brescia and that Mario Balotelli can score from anywhere, “he has different arrows in his bow to score goals.”

The two sides meet at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, and kick-off is at 14:00 GMT. You can read the match preview here.

Samp walked away with a well-earned point against Milan last week, and Ranieri says they face another tough challenge against Brescia.

“When we play as a team, beautifully compact, we can create problems for opponents,” said Ranieri in his press conference.

“Now I expect the same test of determination against a very well organised Brescia side. It’ll be a difficult game, as they will come here to win. We need to be careful.

Ranieri identified Brescia striker Mario Balotelli as the Rondinelle’s main threat.

“Balotelli is a champion, he has different arrows in his bow to score goals. He plays with intelligence.

“We need to play as a team to stop him.”

Despite having a positive effect on Sampdoria, Ranieri doesn’t know if his side will reach the mythical 40-point tally.

“Since I came, we were last in the table. I have been very positive. It is my nature. I see that there are several teams down there with us.

“I don’t know if the 40-point mark will be enough. We have to believe in what we do, there will be ups and down, but we must not panic.”

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