Claudio Ranieri thinks Sampdoria 'deserved more in the second half' of the Derby Della Lanterna draw with Genoa.
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in front, followed by Gianluca Scamacca's equalizer, Keita Balde Diao hit the upstanding post later on but it wasn't enough to change the scoreline.
“I always ask the lads to give their all and we did well tonight, but not as well as we could’ve done,” Ranieri said in an interview after the match.
closed up well, they were passing it better than we did through the center. It was an even first half, but we deserved more in the second half.
“In any case, when you cannot win, it’s at least good not to lose. Keita hasn’t been training with us for long, so he’ll slowly be able to play the 90 minutes, and the idea then is to play him with Fabio Quagliarella, or with Keita out wide.”
Sampdoria had won three back to back Serie A fixtures before this impasse, yet remain easily mid-table with 10 points from six games.
“Even if I did see the potential for something, I would never tell you,” smiled Ranieri.
“Last season we were struggling to stay afloat, in fact, we were drowning for much of the campaign and after the lockdown managed to drag ourselves out. Therefore, our objective is to achieve 40 points and safety as soon as possible.”
Blucerchiati's only defeat of the season was the away game with Juventus which they lost 3-0.
“I think it’s an issue of mentality because I didn’t expect such a horrible performance in Turin and I saw fear in the squad. That is not in my philosophy. It was so awful that it sparked a reaction.”