NEWS
Sunday January 12 2020
Ranieri: 'Samp kept focus'

Claudio Ranieri praised Sampdoria for “not losing our heads” in their comeback to beat Brescia 5-1. “We stayed sharp and continued playing.”

The Blucerchiati had gone a goal down to Jhon Chancellor’s header, but turned it all around for an eventual 5-1 demolition job.

“Brescia scored at their first chance and it woke us up, so it’s better to concede goals like that at the start than near the end,” said Ranieri in his press conference.

“The team did not lose its shape, we remained united and believed in our capabilities. I am satisfied with the performance and the attitude.

“We are starting to break away from the quicksand of the relegation zone, but it’s still there and we have to keep going. No game is easy, but my team managed to stay sharp and continue playing.”

Sampdoria’s next match is against third-place Lazio, who have won a club record 10 Serie A fixtures in a row.

“It’s the most difficult test we could face, as Lazio are currently flying so high, they can touch the sky. They tend to score goals after the 80th minute and transform results, so we have to be on our toes at all times.”

Fabio Quagliarella bagged a late brace, his first Serie A home goals in eight months.

“He was Capocannoniere last season, so it’s not as if someone suddenly becomes old overnight. He scored a goal against Cagliari that only he and other great champions can do. He is only now reaping the rewards of his work in training.”

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