Sunday November 18 2012
Ferrara: 'Samp are back'

Ciro Ferrara was pleased to end the seven-match losing streak with a derby victory. “I saw the Sampdoria that started the season.”

The Blucerchiati were in dire straits going into the Derby della Lanterna, but a 3-1 victory over local rivals Genoa has seen them get back on track.

“I saw the Sampdoria that started the season,” said the under-fire Coach.

“We pressured our opponents for the entire match and that allowed us to bring home a great result.

“These have been two very hard months, because I tried everything I could to bring belief back to these lads. It was impossible to think they had suddenly lost all their certainties.”

Sampdoria won despite missing all their first choice strikers, but Mauro Icardi scored on his first Serie A start.

“I liked the team a lot tonight. Icardi was rather a forced choice, so I cannot really take credit for picking him. He has interesting characteristics, but needs to improve his sharpness in front of goal.”