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I didn’t like Keita-Ranieri

Sun 28 February 2021 | 17:00

Sampdoria suffered a 2-0 defeat to Atalanta at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris today. Ranieri believes that Gasperini's men deserved this victory.

We played well in the first half. Their first goal was not due to our mistake, but a great play by Atalanta’s champions. We played our game, trying to do well and press high up the pitch,

” Ranieri told DAZN.

“In the first half, we managed it. Not quite in the second half and that’s when Atalanta’s quality emerged. When you don’t press them, they blow you away. The result is fair.

We played on par until we lowered our determination and aggressivity,

” Ranieri expalined.

Keita Balde replaced Valerio Verre after 60 minutes.

“Keita didn’t seem in shape against Lazio. Therefore, he was benched today. I didn’t like him against Lazio.

“La Gumina played in his place. He is one of our strikers. He runs into open spaces, he sacrifices for the team, once I replaced him, we suffered more.”

Several Premier League clubs are looking to sign Mikkel Damsgaard.

Damsgaard has quality and personality. He is still very young and needs more experience. He can play various roles and has room for improvement,”

Ranieri said.

“He is very much focused on the offensive phase and the defensive phase on the flanks. He must improve his defending in the middle of the pitch, but it’s a pleasure to coach him.”

Sampdoria will face

Genoa

on Wednesday.

“It’s a significant game for our fans. Both Genoa and us are hovering above the relegation zone.

“We earned 27 points in the girone d’andata and my target is to do the same in the second part of the season, let’s see how close we get.”

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