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What is wrong with Sampdoria?

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Things just aren’t going the way Sampdoria had planned with the club now having conceded 7 goals in the opening two games of the season.

Sampdoria isn’t a happy place at the moment. The Ligurian giants have had a woeful start to the new Serie A campaign. On Sunday, Doria crumbled to a 4-1 defeat at the Mapei Stadium at the hands of Sassuolo.

Domenico Berardi and co. caused all sorts of problems as the Neroverdi got their campaign on track. While they weren’t playing badly in the opening 30 minutes, Berardi’s goal started yet another flooding for the Genoese club. The hosts ended up scoring four times in 18 minutes.

The club’s defense is a shambles with Jeison Murillo and Omar Colley not the type of centre-backs who would be a daunting task for most of the teams in the top half of the table. Last season was a horrible one for Colley and Sampdoria should have sold him. However, Colley now has another partner in crime in Murillo.

In short, both defenders have been given the sort of responsibilities they might not be great at taking. Murillo is an accident waiting to happen and it was his lunge on Francesco Caputo that resulted in the first goal.

And while the 18 minutes of madness came and went, Sampdoria never looked like a team that was looking to get its act right. They stayed vulnerable and Alex Ferrari was eventually forced into playing as a centre-back.

Eusebio Di Francesco isn’t going to be a happy man and his tactics might be question. However, you cannot really blame the former Roma head coach as the source of all the problems. Sampdoria haven’t done well in the transfer market and the only way for them to improve is by buying good options in January.

It is also clear that Sampdoria is struggling to move on from the Marco Giampaolo’s style of football. Dennis Praet was sold and a good replacement was never brought in. Gregoire Defrel has returned to Roma so a solid centre-back is what is being missed the most.

The way things are looking at the moment, whoever is in charge at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris would dither and will be sacked.

Things aren’t going to look up soon either. Sampdoria play Napoli, Torino, Fiorentina and Inter Milan next so it would be surprising to see if they would be able to take any points from those games.

A lot of credit for the win over Sampdoria should also go to Sassuolo. The arrival of Caputo has really added another dimension to their game. His presence ensures that Berardi has enough space to wreak havoc the way only he can.

Alfred Duncan and Junio Traore compliment each other perfectly which bodes well for Sassuolo who should be looking to mount a serious assault for at least a place in the Europa League.

For Sampdoria though, the whole task seems hard. The way the team is playing a relegation dogfight remains a distinct possibility.