Sampdoria boss Claudio Ranieri says he doesn’t believe his players became too confident after their 5-1 win against Brescia. “I think we were a little too open against Lazio.”
Ranieri’s men beat the Rondinelle 5-1 two weeks ago, but then were demolished by the Biancocelesti last week by the same scoreline, but the former Roma boss doesn’t believe his players became arrogant.
“We started with our feet on the ground. I don’t think the boys got caught up in the euphoria after the Brescia game,” said Ranieri in his press conference.
“We were playing against a team that is flying on the wings of enthusiasm. The thing that stunned me was that I think we were a little too open.”
Samp welcome Sassuolo to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, with the game kicking off at 14:00 GMT. You can read the match preview here.
There have been rumours that President Massimo Ferrero is putting the club up for sale once again, after talks with a consortium led by Gianluca Vialli broke down, but Ranieri says this shouldn’t affect the players.
“These things must not influence us. We must only think about the pitch. We must try to do our best because we are in a delicate situation.
“Everything that happens off the pitch must not interest us, we must stay closed in a bubble.”
Genoa, SPAL and Brescia all play before Samp this weekend, does Ranieri like this?
“I like to play first. I don’t like to play on Mondays, knowing all the results, but that’s just my thing.”
Ranieri believes 40 points wll be enough to guarantee survival.
“In the last few seasons, 40 points have been enough.
“In Serie A and also in the Premier League, Nobody can feel safe until the end.”
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