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Sampdoria is fighting for European places

GENOA, GE - OCTOBER 01: Sampdoria's players celebrates after score 2-1 Gregoire Defrel during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and SPAL at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on October 1, 2018 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)
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For Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo Atalanta is “a team that has quality and physical strength” but he believes his club can still win today

Sampdoria is in 10th place in the Italian Lega Serie A with just 11 points.

The team wants to keep climbing and will play today against Atalanta, who sits in the 17th spot with 6 points.

And for coach Marco Giampaolo today’s match against Atalanta will be very difficult.

“We are facing a team that has quality and physical strength,” warned the coach as quoted by Football Italia.

“It is never easy to take on Gian Piero Gasperini’s teams, so we need to be really focused and we have prepared well.”

“Atalanta has been challenging for the Europa League places for years and I respect them a great deal. It’s going to be very difficult,” he added.

“Lorenzo Tonelli was coming off a period without playing much football, so took a while to find his form. Omar Colley needed time to adapt to the characteristics of Serie A.”

“We are proud that so many of our players are called up for international duty. The lads ought to be pleased too, but at the same time understand that their experience is to be used to improve the group in total,” he explained.