Saturday January 12 2013
Rossi sets Samp sights on Milan

Delio Rossi’s Sampdoria are fresh from a shock victory over Juventus and now hopes to cause another upset against Milan. “We’re sticking to a 3-5-2, just as we did in Turin.”

The Blucerchiati caused one of the most surprising results of the season when they fought back with 10 men to conquer the Juventus Stadium.

“On Sunday we’re sticking to a 3-5-2, just as we did in Turin against Juventus,” declared Rossi in his Press conference. Click here for a match preview.

“I think we have set out our path, though we’re still trying things out and I might have to make a few variations due to the characteristics of the players at my disposal.

“I had hoped the team would play the way they did against Juve. I told them that when you’re playing with 10 men, you have to keep moving or it becomes really difficult.”

Argentine 20-year-old Mauro Icardi bagged a brace in Turin and is attracting attention from some top clubs.

“Icardi is a real talent, but I don’t think he’s going to get big-headed. He’s just started his professional career, it’d be the end if he already got a massive ego! He seems very relaxed and I think he’s got the right mindset to work well.”

Sampdoria welcome Milan on Sunday evening and Coach Rossi was asked how he will approach this latest giant.

“I don’t think Milan will be tired after their Coppa Italia quarter-final, as they are a team accustomed to playing every three days.

“How do you stop Stephan El Shaarawy? When playing against teams like this, you cannot just focus on one element. If we stop El Shaarawy, then we mustn’t forget about Robinho or Bojan Krkic.”

Sampdoria already beat Milan 1-0 at San Siro this season, when Ciro Ferrara was on the Blucerchiati bench.