While Inter’s 2020/21 goal may be accomplished, the Nerazzurri still have four games left to close out the season. First up is a visit from Sampdoria, one of the only two teams that have beaten Inter in Serie A. To try to avoid a similar result, we scouted out Saturday’s opposition with Vito Doria, a writer on Breaking The Lines and ForzaItalianFootball. You can follow him on Twitter here.
Thanks to Vito for taking the time to stop by!
Q: Sampdoria has two notable ex-Interisti in its ranks: Antonio Candreva and Keita Balde. How have they fared in Genoa?
A: Candreva played well for Sampdoria. He has contributed with a few goals and assists, and he still works hard for the team despite his age. Keita Balde has shown flashes of brilliance but injuries have limited his impact. If both Fabio Quagliarella and he were fully fit, they could have been a prolific duo.
Q: Sampdoria looks safe from relegation but never challenged for the European places. How would you grade the 2020/21 campaign?
A: I reckon the 2020/21 season was good and it was an improvement on last season. My expectations were very low this season so a mid-table finish isn’t too bad in hindsight.
Q: What are Sampdoria’s strengths? On the other hand, where could Inter take advantage of the Blucerchiati?
A: Sampdoria do have some good players over the pitch and the organization of Ranieri is fundamental. He makes the team work hard and fight. With the likes of Antonio Candreva, Jakub Jankto, and Mikkel Damsgaard, Sampdoria are strong in the wide positions too. In my view, Inter can attack Sampdoria by putting pressure on Omar Colley. He has his good games but he is not fast and he does not have the greatest awareness.
Q: What’s your prediction for Saturday’s fixture?
A: I would still tip Inter to win 2-1. Even if they do not play at their usual intensity, they still have enough match-winners.
Thanks again to Vito for his time!