Giampaolo: “Now is the time for us to stick together”

Marco Giampaolo called for the Sampdoria family to rally around the team as they look to keep their Europa League hopes alive when they take on Bologna at Marassi on Wednesday night.

“I’ve reminded the team that the only way you win is by sticking together,” he told Samp TV on Tuesday. “However, there are some times – some games – when you need to be even more united, as a team and as a club, with the fans behind you.”

Giampaolo also insisted that Samp are not feeling the added pressure of needing to beat Bologna tomorrow night.

“The fact that we need to win doesn’t increase the pressure,” he said. “We’ll need to be patient and keep things nice and tidy technically tomorrow. Bologna are a quality side so it’s certainly not going to be easy. I’ll make a few changes with the objective of putting out the best side to take on the team selected by [Roberto] Donadoni.