Friday May 2 2014
Palombo: Miha brought serenity

Angelo Palombo has commented on Mauro Icardi’s lack of respect, Antonio Cassano’s World Cup hopes and Sampdoria’s midseason turnaround.

The Blucerchiati began the season poorly under Delio Rossi, but responded to Sinisa Mihajlovic’s arrival to move away from relegation contention comfortably.

“Survival with 10 games to spare was something we honestly did not expect, but I thought that surely we would not be relegated,” Palombo has considered this week on Telenord.

“As even during the hard moments that we went through, the group has always remained compact and united, the training has always been taken at 2,000 miles an hour, whilst on the Sunday we would run.

“I was expecting a big reaction, even if certainly not on this scale.

“The faults were due slightly to everyone, not just to Delio Rossi, as that would be ungrateful and unjust.

“Mihajlovic arrived with a tranquillity, confidence, serenity, he changed the training methods to become more functional, in my opinion.

“Mihajlovic brought us peace of mind and set us up very well in the field. Words spoken in another way can change so much. I think serenity was the key.”

The midfielder commented on former teammate Mauro Icardi’s recent display against Samp, in which he provoked the crowd into more jeers against him after scoring for Inter.

“In cases like his he should take a lot of gratitude from this environment, but he has shown little respect to those fans who had cheered him until last year, and to his former teammates.”

This weekend sees Sampdoria face up to another former striker of theirs, Antonio Cassano.

“He is in great shape, he has had a tremendous season and deserves the World Cup. I hope that on Sunday he is a little emotional and is below his usual self.”

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