Sampdoria is one of the surprises of this first part of Serie A season. Most of the credit is due to the great tactical ability of their coach Marco Giampaolo. In an interview with Corriere dello Sport, Giampaolo discussed his team, his football philosophy and Sunday's match against Lazio: "We lost four important players during the summer window, but we have improved as a team. We have a different mentality and the new players, like Zapata, had an immediate impact. But also Kownacki and Andersen, they will be the next Schick and Skriniar. About Schick, he can play everywhere, both as a striker and on the wings, but he isn't a pure winger like Salah. It's more like Dybala.", say Giampaolo.
"I don't unterstand why people in football always say that "you have to win, no matter how". - continues Giampaolo - If you don't put some enjoyable content in a match, what kind of match is that? The great teams in history played a beautiful football, like Ajax, Sacchi's Milan and Guardiola's Barcelona. I also love Lazio style of play. They are the only ones among the first six teams to play with a lone striker and many playmakers, who also know how to find the back of the net".