Sunday January 2 2011
Di Carlo 'confident of Samp's 2011'

Mimmo Di Carlo has struggled so far at the helm of Sampdoria and lost Antonio Cassano, “but I look to 2011 with confidence.”

Since taking over from Gigi Del Neri in the summer, Di Carlo has gone out in the Champions League preliminary round and the Europa League group phase.

“I found what I expected to. At Sampdoria you always work to improve, there is absolute experience and competence at every level,” said the Coach.

“There is a real working culture shared by the club, players and fans. Thinking back on my first two games against Werder Bremen, I get goosebumps. There were also exciting matches like the 3-3 away to Juventus or 1-1 at Inter with so many fans making the trip. That's when I realised I have joined a big club.

“We started out with an unfair elimination from the Champions League, which still hurts now. We had the same problem in the Europa League and did not get what we deserved, but can use these experiences for our future.

“Being in Europe meant we dropped a few too many points in Serie A, but our current position allows us to look to 2011 with confidence.”

The Blucerchiati also lost Cassano, who moved to Milan following two months in the stands due to a blazing row with President Riccardo Garrone.

“I am fortunate to lead a team that can always adjust its tactics and options, but maintain the same team spirit. I've been surprised by the strength of the squad rather than the individuals, as the locker room is a united atmosphere.”

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