Sunday February 16 2020
Ranieri: 'Samp unfortunate'

Sampdoria boss Claudio Ranieri felt his side were unfortunate against Fiorentina, “they only had one shot on goal and we were already 3-0 down.”

The Genoese side were taken apart by Beppe Iachini’s men, with Samp losing 5-1 for the second time in five matches, and Ranieri tried to analyse the match.

“We started the game well, their first goal was an own goal, and the others were from crosses and two penalties,” said Ranieri in his post-game press conference.

“In practical terms they only had a single shot on goal and we were 3-0 down.

“In the second half we tried to re-open the game and this made it easier for Fiorentina on the counter-attack.

“The thing that I feel like saying to the lads is that they never gave up, and scored a goal.”

Ranieri surprised everyone by starting Andrea Bertolacci for the first time since November, however the decision didn’t pay off.

“The tactical plan was to keep the ball on the floor, this is why I played Bertolacci.

"Then when I had to make the change I didn’t know how long Bertolacci could last for, and so took him off."

Samp are firmly entrenched in the relegation battle, so how can Ranieri save the side from avoiding the drop?

“It’s easy to say that in incidents we need to score more goals, we have to be more determined because whoever goes down will have something less than the others.

“We must have something more.”

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