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2020/2021

Sampdoria

In


Mikkel Damsgaard (mid)(Nordsjaelland); Valerio Verre (mid)(Hellas Verona, end of loan); Nicola Ravaglia (gk)(Cremonese); Kristoffer Askildsen (mid)(Stabaek FK, loan made permanent); Lorenzo Tonelli (def)(Napoli, loan made permanent); Tommaso Augello (def)(Spezia, loan made permanent); Maya Yoshida (def)(Southampton); Jeison Murillo (def)(Celta Vigo, end of loan)

Out


Andrea Seculin (gk)(Chievo Verona, end of loan); Andrea Bertolacci (mid)(released); Gonzalo Maroni (mid)(Boca Juniors, end of loan); Lorenco Simic (def)(Zaglebie Lubin); Wladimiro Falcone (gk)(Cosenza, on loan); Gianluca Caprari (att)(Benevento, on loan); Karol Linetty (r)(mid)(Torino)

After making the top 10 of Serie A for 3 consecutive seasons, with new coach Di Francesco at the helm, Sampdoria hoped to make the quantum leap needed to fight for a European spot again in the past campaign. Reality bites, though, and the Blucerchiati were severely bitten as, at the beginning of November, they found themselves sitting at the bottom of the table. Coach Ranieri, who replaced Di Francesco in all haste, eventually managed to turn the tide, and Sampdoria achieved quiet safety in the end. Thanks to the results obtained quite against all odds, Ranieri was blessed with an extension of the deal tying him to the club, and he will be given the opportunity to build his own team right from the start of the new season. Truth be said, Sampdoria's transfer campaign has been far from exciting thus far. In fact, apart from signing 20-year-old midfielder Damsgaard, they limited themselves to acquiring permanently some of the players who had been lent to them in the past campaign. Among them, centre-back Yoshida and left-back Augello are certainly the ones who stood out. Moreover, Verre and Murillo returned to base after being loaned out last season but they should only be considered as back-ups. If they were not particularly active in terms of new signings, Sampdoria only lost 1 main pawn in Linetty, who preferred to quit for Torino. He could end up being seriously missed if no replacement arrives. Maroni and Bertolacci also left but they had never managed to impose themselves during the campaign. Sampdoria are currently looking for a back-up goalkeeper, a couple of midfielders and a prolific striker, considering that last season their top scorer and top assist-man was once again Quagliarella, who is 36 but managed to bag 11 goals and serve 5 assists.

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Sampdoria aim for a quiet salvation, but as things stand, they might be involved in the fight for survival.

Season Review
2019/2020

№15: Sampdoria

After three consecutive top half finishes under Marco Giampaolo, Sampdoria were given a reality check this season. There was optimism when Eusebio Di Francesco was named as the man to replace Milan-bound Giampaolo. The new manager had previously worked wonders with Sassuolo and gotten Roma to the Champions League semi-final but it became quickly apparent that he wasn't the right fit for Blucerchiati. Di Francesco's previous sides have always been defensively leaky but often made up for it with the potency of their attack. Unfortunately for the manager he only managed to maintain one of those traits at the Marassi. 9 goals conceded in the first three games was a bad omen. Samp ended up losing 6 of EDF's first 7 Serie A matches and scoring a paltry 4 goals. It was a complete disaster and the club had no choice but to get rid of him. Former Premier League winner Claudio Ranieri is now making a name for himself as something of a fixer and he came in to save Samp's season. He quickly made the team much more well organised defensively and lost just 1 of his first 6 games in charge, keeping clean sheets in half of them. The honeymoon period ended at Cagliari where they were 3-1 up with just 20 minutes to go but somehow conspired to lose the game. Samp's form was very inconsistent from that point. They picked up some impressive results like a draw at Milan and victory in the first Derby della Laterna of the season but on certain days they'd ship goals for fun, losing 5-1 to both Lazio and Fiorentina. Samp were still very much in a relegation battle when the Coronavirus pandemic struck and three consecutive defeats after lockdown plunged them further into trouble but Blucerchiati found form at just the right time. The start of July marked a run of 5 wins from 6 games which secured their top flight status. The upturn in form unsurprisingly coincided with Fabio Quagliarella's return to fitness and form. The veteran didn't have as spectacular a season as the last one where he finished on top of the scoring charts but he still netted 12 times and provided 5 assists, making him Samp's most productive player. Manolo Gabbiadini matched the captain's goal tally and Federico Bonazzolli may be the man to replace him long term. The young striker went on a hot streak post lockdown and scored 5 goals, some of them spectacular in the Quagliarella mould. The likes of Karol Linetty and Jakub Jankto had solid campaigns in midfield. The backline blew hot and cold but January recruits Maya Yoshida and Lorenzo Tonelli added some much needed experience. Emil Audero kept a respectable 9 clean sheets too. Unlike his previous stint at Roma, Ranieri will be sticking around and will start next season in the Samp dugout. He'll need improvements throughout his squad to achieve anything more than another mid-table finish at best next season.


Player of the Season: Fabio Quagliarella

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