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Monday October 23 2017
Spalletti: Giampaolo ideal for Inter

Luciano Spalletti claims “I’d be Inter’s first season-ticket holder if Marco Giampaolo was our Coach” ahead of Sampdoria on Tuesday.

Giampaolo confessed he was an Inter fan and would like to coach the club one day, before backtracking at his subsequent Press conference for Samp’s trip to San Siro, yet Spalletti appeared to approve of the trainer as his heir.

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Monday October 23 2017
Skriniar the talk of Inter-Samp

Milan Skriniar’s highly-acclaimed start to life at San Siro drew praise from both Coaches before Tuesday’s encounter between Inter and Sampdoria.

Skriniar joined Inter from Samp over the summer for €20m plus Gianluca Caprari and has been a revelation for the Nerazzurri, playing every minute of their nine Serie A matches so far.

“He still has a lot to improve on,” Luciano Spalletti said at a Press conference.

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Monday October 23 2017
Spalletti: Samp on Inter’s level

Luciano Spalletti insists Sampdoria “are on Inter’s level” ahead of Tuesday’s Serie A clash between the sides at San Siro.

Samp moved to within six points of Inter at the weekend after they hammered Crotone 5-0 and Inter drew with Napoli, prompting Spalletti to warn his team against “thinking any less” of the Blucerchiati.

“We mustn’t think there are any doubts about the path we have to take,” he said at a Press conference.

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Monday October 23 2017
Giampaolo plays down Inter talk

Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo insists he was ‘joking’ when he said he wanted to coach Inter one day.

Giampaolo stated earlier on Monday that he had a ‘passion’ for Inter, but the former Empoli boss assured he was only thinking about “playing our game and seeing the impact it makes” at San Siro.

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Monday October 23 2017
Bonucci offers to return armband?

Leonardo Bonucci reportedly offered to return Milan’s captaincy to Riccardo Montolivo after the Rossoneri’s 2-0 defeat to Sampdoria last month.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport and La Repubblica, Bonucci told his teammates, “if I’m the problem, the armband is here,” in the dressing room at Marassi.

Bonucci would then have tried to return the armband to Montolivo, who had it before the defender, but “received a negative response.”

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Monday October 23 2017
Giampaolo reveals Inter desire

Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo admits he feels ‘passion’ for Inter and would like to coach them one day.

Giampaolo takes his Samp side to Inter on Tuesday after a fourth straight home win against Crotone, which lifted the Blucerchiati into Serie A’s top six.

“I’m an Inter fan. I’ve supported them since I was little,” the former Empoli Coach told La Repubblica.

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Monday October 23 2017
Imperfect Calcio

This sport cannot be an exact science because there are so many moving variables, as Susy Campanale saw in Serie A Week 9.

Football is not a level playing field and never can be. Over the course of a season, big games will come at bad times for some, they’ll all have different fixture lists, referees won’t always interpret similar incidents the same way and you won’t react to obstacles in identical fashion either. That’s what sets a league tournament apart from a shorter knock-out competition, as in theory, these should all even themselves out. In theory.

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Sunday October 22 2017
Cassano: 'I could've been like Messi'

Antonio Cassano believes he “could’ve been playing on Mars with Lionel Messi, Neymar and few others, but I ruined myself.”

The forward is not technically retired, but hasn’t played in over a year and a brief spell at Hellas Verona was abandoned during pre-season training.

“I am a problematic guy, as I never know what mood I’m going to wake up in,” FantAntonio told Rai Sport.

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Saturday October 21 2017
Nicola: 'Sampdoria simply better'

Crotone Coach Davide Nicola could not deny the evidence after a 5-0 thrashing at Marassi. “Sampdoria were simply better.”

The Calabrese club were flattened by the Blucerchiati, who found the net with five different players.

“We were surprised by the two early goals within 20 minutes,” confessed Nicola in his Press conference.

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Saturday October 21 2017
Giampaolo: 'Samp in a good moment'

Marco Giampaolo admits Sampdoria are “in a good moment of form” after demolishing Crotone 5-0 for a fourth consecutive home win.

“We are going through a good period of form, even if we know there are always going to be peaks and troughs during a campaign,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

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