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Giampaolo rues individual mistakes in Parma draw

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Giampaolo rues individual mistakes in Parma draw

Marco Giampaolo was understandably disappointed with the result in Samp’s thrilling clash with Parma on Sunday afternoon, but expressed satisfaction with his players’ attitude.

He said: “We need to keep our eye on our wider aim. I’ve heightened expectations and tried to motivate the players. I’d do it again because I think these psychological aspects are massive for a team and a player. We’re always working to improve. I’m not here for nothing seasons.

“I’m always very critical of myself and the team. We performed really well today, with the right approach. No one was in their flip flops. We made two mistakes, which cost us two goals, but the attitude was spot on. We deserved three points and did right by our fans.

“I’ve asked for the team to take a serious approach to this final stretch, with our heads held high until the end of the season. We tried to crack the top seven but didn’t quite manage. We want a dignified end to this campaign.

“We fell behind shortly after kick off but then we came out and played. Parma pounced on individual mistakes to get level.”

When asked about his future by Sky, the Samp coach said: “We haven’t talked to the club yet, but I’ll be very honest, as always. My focus isn’t elsewhere. I can say calmly that it would be tough to stay here if we can’t make another step forward, and I say that for the good of myself and the club.

“Over these years we have done well, selling important players but doing the right things in terms of scouting. We will keep going if this next step can be made. The contract? The bureaucracy is not a problem, I can also stay at home.”

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