NEWS
Sunday December 14 2014
Miha: 'Shocking Samp start'

Sinisa Mihajlovic was more annoyed by Sampdoria’s first half performance than proud of holding Juventus.

The Blucerchiati were dominated before the break, but after introducing Manolo Gabbiadini secured a 1-1 draw in Turin.

“We suffered a lot in the first 30 minutes, as they were superior in technical and physical terms, while we stepped on to the field with fear,” Miha told Sky Sport Italia.

“We changed system and then played our game. It’s disappointing, as if we play the way we know how, then we can be on level terms with anyone.

“Juve had won their last 25 consecutive home matches, so getting a point here certainly wasn’t easy. We were fortunate to only be a goal down at the break and then did well to earn the draw.

“The result was not as interesting to me as the performance. If we had played like Samp throughout, then I would’ve been happy. For example, we drew with Napoli with a great performance and I was content, but the first 30 minutes today were terrible.

“We did much better playing 4-3-3 than trying to mirror Juve’s system. In the first 30 minutes I wanted to change eight of the 11 players...”

Mihajlovic was shown replays pointing out the Claudio Marchisio corner for Patrice Evra’s goal was outside the quadrant, but the former defender was unimpressed.

“Every now and then I did that too. You have to sneaky in life! I am more irritated that a not very tall player like Evra can score that goal. I’d accept it more from Bonucci, Morata or Llorente. He did well, but we were dumb.”

Gabbiadini came off the bench to score the equaliser amid reports he’s on the verge of joining Napoli for €13m.

“I won’t talk about the transfer market other than with my directors. Manolo is an important player for us, but has to improve like everyone. Perhaps being on the bench for a few games helped him, because now I see more determination and conviction in him.”