Sunday August 31 2014
Mihajlovic: 'Samp, seize the day!'

Sinisa Mihajlovic quoted Robin Williams in his Press conference to prepare Sampdoria’s trip to Palermo. “Carpe diem.”

Their Serie A season kicks off tonight at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“We have to give our all then, as Vujadin Boskov used to say, you can win, lose or draw. The important thing is to know you’ve done all you can,” said the Coach.

“It is a complicated game. Palermo are making their return to Serie A and will therefore want to start strong.”

Mihajlovic became noted last season for inserting inspirational quotes from a series of sources into his Press conferences and continued that trend this term.

“I told the lads to take note of Dead Poets Society: Carpe diem. Seize the day. We need to believe, be concentrated and determined. That’s how you make the fans happy. Just like in the Robin Williams movie, we must be ready to take that opportunity at victory.

“JFK said there is one path you must never take and that is one of submission. My players know when we are all up for it, we can challenge anyone. When we are not, we can lose to anyone.”

Matias Silvestre is in the squad and ready to make his debut after a loan move from Inter, but Mihajlovic was tight-lipped on his choice between Junior Da Costa and Emiliano Viviano.

“Who will play in goal? A goalkeeper, of that you can be sure. We’ll decide at the suitable time.”

Manolo Gabbiadini and Marco Marchionni are sidelined, while Sergio Romero is dropped ahead of a Premier League transfer.

Sampdoria squad for Palermo: Da Costa, Massolo, Viviano; Cacciatore, De Silvestri, Gastaldello, Regini, Salamon, Silvestre; Campaña, Duncan, Krsticic, Obiang, Palombo, Rizzo, Soriano; Bergessio, Eder, Fedato, Okaka, Sansone, Wszolek