Sampdoria head coach Claudio Ranieri expressed his admiration for Fabio Quagliarella and cautions Keita Balde: ‘The second game is always the most difficult one.’
The 25-year-old winger has just played five games so far this Serie A season and scored his first goal against Inter on Wednesday.
“I’m pleased with his performance, let’s see what happens now,” Ranieri said.
“When you play the first game after several months on the sidelines, there is always enthusiasm and it helps. But the second game is always the most difficult one. I’ll speak to him to decide whether he will start against Spezia.”
La Samp will face the recentlySerie A
promoted Spezia on Monday night.
“I think it’s right to change players depending on the opponents. The players’ fitness also plays a big part in my choices.
“I know all my players very well now, I always try to make the best choices to win games.”
Rumors suggested a
in January, yet the Italian forward has affirmed he is set to remain at the Blucerchiati.
“I complimented him for those statements, he is a point of reference for us,” Ranieri inferred.