Claudio Ranieri admits Sampdoria ‘have lost our way’ after a 2-1 home defeat to Bologna. ‘We should defend tooth and nail after taking the lead.’
The Blucerchiati had gone in front through Morten Thorsby’s header, but a Vasco Regini own goal and Riccardo Orsolini effort turned it all around.
“We had done some good things in the first half, and we went back to 4-4-1-1 at the break to cover Jerdy Schouten better, but after the second goal we lost our way,” said Ranieri in his press conference.
“We tried our best, but weren’t sharp enough. We had got away with it when they hit the crossbar, but then Bologna scored on an unlucky incident just before half-time. It’s a pity.
“I only made two substitutions because we were already pinned back and if I’d made more changes, it would’ve been even worse.”
This is the third time that Sampdoria have thrown away a lead on home turf this season.
“It is disappointing, because it is tough to score goals, so once we do take the lead, we ought to defend that tooth and nail with the utmost concentration.
“We weren’t the same team all the way through the game and I have to take responsibility for that. We have lost our way and it’s up to me to get us back on track.”
Ranieri was also irritable on the touchline, as he was sent off for dissent.
“I told the referee he was wasting too much time, taking us, himself and football for a ride.”