Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri said Milan are ‘not just Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ and wants to see a ‘strong, tenacious and resilient’ Blucerchiati at San Siro.
The veteran coach pointed at the improvements made from last term and vowed to continue fighting to climb the table.
“Milan, Napoli and Sampdoria are the teams that have scored the most points compared to last year,” Ranieri said at a press conference.
“That’s a sign that we have worked well and I’m very happy for Milan, for Stefano Pioli, who was my player for four years, and I wish him the best of luck.”
Milan have Zlatan Ibrahimovic back in action tomorrow, as the 39-year-old returns in shape after having played for Sweden during the international break.
“Milan are not just Ibrahimovic,” Ranieri said. “He’s a great champion who is making people understand what football is: sacrifice, passion, serious training, great combativeness and a great desire to improve.
“He’s an all-round champion and a player who stimulates his teammates and it’s logical that when he’s not around, the teammates around him want to show that they are learning.”
The Blucerchiati sit 10th in Serie A after 28 games and Ranieri hopes to see his men perform at a decent level at San Siro.
“I want to see a strong, tenacious, resilient Sampdoria trying to give their best,” he said. “We know how Milan play, they are the team that scored more points than last year, they are a Scudetto contender.
“We know what we must do.”