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Giampaolo: “We always set out to win the derby”


Giampaolo: “We always set out to win the derby”

Marco Giampaolo was already in derby mood when he sat down for his media conference on Saturday with a smile on his lips.

“The derby is something to be enjoyed, but we must enjoy it responsibly,” the coach began.

Giampaolo is preparing for his sixth Derby della Lanterna having won three and drawn two of his first five. No coach has ever gone six unbeaten.

“Obviously I’d love to extend my run to six games but the derby is never easy. Since I’ve been here we’ve always set out to win this game and never held back. It’s impossible to predict a derby but we must go into it focused and with the right mental approach.

“Tomorrow is a big match with a lot riding on it for both sides. It’s important in itself because it’s the derby but also because it’s an opportunity for us to keep chasing our target. We’ve slipped a little behind but we can get back in it with a good result tomorrow.”

Giampaolo also had praise for his opposite number Cesare Prandelli, who is preparing for his first Genoa derby

“I don’t know how Genoa are going to line up tomorrow. I’ve heard they might play with three or four at the back but in any case it’s not the formation that wins you the game but the quality of your players and the right attitude.

“Prandelli is a coach I rate very highly and I’ve tried to learn things from him myself. I faced him a few times when I was at Ascoli and Siena, when he was in charge of a great Fiorentina side.”

As per tradition the Sampdoria fans will pay a visit to the team’s hotel on Saturday evening to show their support.

“The fans’ display of affection is important and it helps get you in the mood, especially for those who haven’t played many derbies before,” Giampaolo concluded.

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