Thursday January 9 2014
Mihajlovic: 'Samp needed belief'

Sinisa Mihajlovic felt Sampdoria “should’ve believed more” in their 1-0 Coppa Italia defeat to Roma.

“I think the lads did well, as we made many changes. We came to Rome and created chances, but we should’ve believed more,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“It isn’t easy to come to the Olimpico and play the way we did, as we didn’t clam up.”

Goalkeeper Vincenzo Fiorillo made a strong case to be first choice in Serie A after a series of spectacular saves on Alessandro Florenzi and Adem Ljajic.

“Fiorillo did well, even if I don’t like singling out individuals. Our priority is safety in Serie A, so I had to rotate the squad and give an opportunity for some players to prove themselves.

“The trouble with the Coppa Italia, which is an important competition, is that you only really use your best line-up from the semi-final onwards.”

Mihajlovic also gave his verdict on Roma, who were fresh from a 3-0 Serie A defeat to Juventus.

“They play with character, but at this moment Juve have more experience. I like Rudi Garcia, but I don’t think the Giallorossi are at Juve’s level.

“Ljajic is a great player and he has improved a lot recently. He still doesn’t take his chances, which I always told him in Serbia. He reminds me of an early Javier Pastore and has everything he needs to be an important player.”

Mihajlovic famously barred Ljajic from playing for Serbia until he agreed to sing the national anthem.

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