Claudio Ranieri:” It’s one of the most intense derbies in my career.’
Even after wining three games in a row including two teams from UCL (
still talks about the derby with his feet on the ground
“I have always said the derby is a separate match from everything else. It doesn’t matter who is higher or lower in the table, if they are in Serie A, B or C, and that is what’s so wonderful about it. You step onto that pitch, you battle it out and city supremacy is in the balance.
have the same objective. We keep our heads down because if we are humble and determined, then we can achieve great things. I also won’t change my target for the season, which is to get points and secure safety as soon as possible. The fans can dream, but I know how dangerous Serie A can be.
“They won last time with only two shots on goal, whereas we’d had the best scoring opportunities. I saw Genoa play this season, they have good ideas and know how to pass the ball around well. It’ll be a very different game, even if I’ve already played against 3-5-2 opponents.
“A victory in the derby can be worth almost more than an entire season, especially as nowadays the maximum Sampdoria and Genoa can aspire to is comfortable mid-table safety. We wait and hope for years when we can play more important derbies for positions higher up the table.