Tuesday February 11 2020
Ramirez: 'Samp can't relax'

Gaston Ramirez was happy to contribute a brace and help collect three points against Torino but has revealed that Sampdoria are still “worried”.

Claudio Ranieri’s men secured three vital points against the Granata in Turin and are currently 16th in Serie A, four points above the relegation zone.

Ramirez helped the Blucerchiati turn the game after Simone Verdi’s opener for the home side, before Fabio Quagliarella put the nail in the coffin with his 3-1 goal from the penalty spot.

“I’m happy I scored, and it was an important win,” Ramirez told Sport890. “It was a difficult game; the first half was tight. Torino are a great team that are going through a difficult moment.

“They scored immediately in the second half and we received a blow. The game was in our hands and they scored a goal on their first attempt. Then came the 1-1 goal, which turned the game for us.”

But they are far from safe and the Uruguayan 29-year-old has claimed that Sampdoria “can’t relax for one second” during the last months of the season.

“We are worried about are situation, in the sense that there’s balance in the competition and we can’t relax for even a second,” he added. “There are many teams that have few points and we are aware that we can beat anyone.

“But, if we relax for one second, we can also lose to anyone.”

Ramirez is currently in his third season at the Marassi and has bettered his goalscoring record this term, currently on five in 14 league appearances.

He has played 78 Serie A games since he moved from Middlesbrough and said he lives a quiet life in Genoa.

“I am very happy, I am playing for a very important club,” he said. “I still have one and a half years left on my current contract and I live quietly here. The family is at ease, so we will see.

“I would like to go home, though, just like all Uruguayans do.”

The attacking midfielder has been capped 43 times by Uruguay and said he is working hard to add to that tally.

He has been overlooked by the Seleccion for some time and his last match for Uruguay came against Czech Rebublic in March, 2018.

“It doesn’t depend on me,” he revealed. “I’m someone who likes to work hard. I like to learn and, in my opinion, the Seleccion is a consequence of what is done at club level.

“I have learned a lot here in Italy and it has opened my mind, both my football and my physique. I am working hard.”

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