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Marzia Hazra On September - 22 - 2009

UC Sampdoria: The Surprise Package of the Season?

Sampdoria players celebrate their victory over Udinese Calcio at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium on August 30, 2021 Sampdoria are topping the table alongside Juventus and together they are the only teams in Serie A with a hundred per cent record after the first four outings of the new campaign.

After the impressive summer mercato from Juventus the expectations on the Bianconeri were sky-high, but the same can hardly be said for the Blucerchiati. Instead the Genoa based club look set to become this season’s surprise package.

Sampdoria are currently firing on all cylinders. The team’s recent success can be tracked down to a handful of deal-breaking factors which includes the arrival of Luigi Del Neri, FantAntonio’s superb form, the smart activities on the transfer market and the team spirit.

Del Neri has implemented his tactics well and the transition from Samp’s 3-5-2 to a more offensive minded 4-4-2 has gone incredibly smooth. The wingers’ contributions play a bigger role in the team’s style of play where both the defense and attack is organized by a coach who is extremely well prepared comes match day.

After two seasons in Atalanta, Del Neri decided as early as in April that it was time to part ways with the Bergamo-club. The reason was simply that his ambitions didn’t match that of the club’s.

The tactician’s impact has been obvious in Sampdoria and their high standings as well as Atalanta’s early crisis. Del Neri’s former club is currently housing at bottom the charts with four consecutive defeats which yesterday resulted in his successor Angelo Gregucci getting the sack.

Despite the club’s recent success the tactician has tried to tone down the expectations on his side by saying;

“We’re not aiming for anything but we have no limits either. The objective is simply to play well and show group spirit. Then there are supersonic players, like a certain player from Bari [Antonio Cassano], who makes the difference when he has the ball at his feet and works a lot for the team.”

This obviously brings us to the team’s brightest gem; Antonio Cassano’s who’s pure brilliance has resulted in renewed hopes of glory for the Blucerchiati. After years of disciplinary issues the Bari-born forward has matured beyond recognition and has finally let the displays on the pitch do the talking. The speed and impressive technique combined with his playmaking abilities makes him the main reason to why Sampdoria can finally dare to dream again.

Arrivals such as Daniele Mannini from Napoli, Fernando Tissone from Udinese, Marco Rossi from Parma and Luciano Zauri from Fiorentina have paid dividends. On top of that Giampaolo Pazzini has continued on his fine goalscoring form from last season and the way the former Viola-man and Cassano complement each other is simply mind-boggling.

Last year’s poor start and ultimately 13th place finish in the standings is sought to be improved on and by the looks of things some form of European cup could be on the horizon for the Blucerchiati come May. Last year Samp only managed to collect three victories on their away trips but this year they’ve already managed to bag two in as many games and with an average of 2.5 goals in each of their games thus far their confidence simply going through the roof.

However, one has to see the realistic side of the story as well. Is this just a bubble waiting to be burst? Del Neri’s men face some very tricky games in their upcoming fixtures as they are set to travel to Florence to take on Fiorentina on Wednesday followed by an encounter against the reigning champions at home.

Can Sampdoria hold on to their recent success?

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