Ahead of Inter clash, Stanković talks Sampdoria struggles

GENOA, ITALY - OCTOBER 17: Dejan Stankovic head coach of Sampdoria (L) issues Ignacio Pussetto of Sampdoria some instructions during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and AS Roma at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on October 17, 2022 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Simone Arveda/Getty Images)

Speaking ahead of his team’s showdown against former club Inter, Sampdoria boss Dejan Stanković previewed this weekend’s clash and elaborated the squad’s season-long struggles.

The Blucerchiati have won only twice this season and currently sit 19th in the Serie A table, eight points from safety.

“I owe the supporters a lot. We’re working to find solutions, I won’t go lock myself in a hole and start crying,” he told DAZN.

“Rather, I’ll give everything for us to defend our fortress so that sooner or later we secure our first home victory in the league.”

“As a manager, I tend to suffer a lot. I’m in the minority of coaches who do it out of passion, grit, desire, and adrenaline.

“I suffer a lot. I am among the 10% of coaches who do it out of passion, grit, desire, adrenaline. I have a lot of respect for my players because we haven’t hidden or run from our situation.”

He continued, “We’re not in a pleasant position, we all know it. But they’re still giving everything, some playing above their abilities.”

“All I ask of them is that they’re able to leave the pitch with their heads held high with humility and pride. I’m very direct, when things go against us we turn the page rather than whine and cry.”

“I’m doing all I can to give joy to the supporters so we can celebrate together after suffering so much. I don’t want to have any regrets or doubts for not having given my all.”