Friday February 7 2020
Ranieri: 'Expected Toro reaction'

Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri says Torino would’ve been fired up regardless of changing their coach, after they’ve shipped 11 goals in two league games.

Ranieri’s men travel to Turin to face Torino tomorrow, with the game kicking off at 17:00 GMT. You can read the match preview here.

The Granata have conceded 11 goals in two games and sacked Walter Mazzarri this week, but Ranieri says the change of coach wouldn’t have made a difference in respect to their attitude.

“It didn’t take Torino to change their manager to expect a reaction, their players will already have wanted to do so,” said Ranieri in his press conference.

“They are a club that I have always held in high esteem for their inner strength.

“We must be determined to produce an excellent display.”

Samp have a habit of conceding goals very early in games, and it’s an issue Ranieri is trying to eradicate.

“It’s strange because I ask the lads to be determined in the first few minutes. We must continue to work on our mentality and our intelligence to understand what is going wrong but conceding goals in the first half an hour of games isn’t good.”

VAR has been an issue of contention for many sides in Italy this season, but Ranieri is still in favour of the system.

“I was told there was an incident where a goal was confirmed in the SPAL-Fiorentina game, and then it was annulled by assigning a penalty to the Viola.

“Obviously until the action ends the images aren’t reviewed.

“I am in favour of VAR but I’m also in favour of it being used equally for everyone, not just the biggest sides.”

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