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i'm excited to watch the serie A matches generally this season, we're promised with excitement and enjoyment after these brilliant transfers market and so many changes happened for top teams.

can Samp knock the top 5 this season?
 

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So, here is my pre-season summary:
2 starting central defenders gone.
One good forward gone.
Praet gone
The best striker is yet another year older, and bound to regress if only because nobody can repeat what he did last year
New purchases are unproven, although, to Samp's credit, they seem to be good at finding quality replacements for players that leave.
Some locker room bust-up at the tail end of last season caused the technical director to leave
Owner is talking about selling the club, and is generally rather eccentric
Manager left after 3 successful, maybe even over-achieving seasons
New manager is a big question mark

Boy, I don't know. It sounds like good background material for a relegation dogfight. Do you think I'm being over-pessimistic?
 

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So, here is my pre-season summary:
2 starting central defenders gone.
One good forward gone.
Praet gone
The best striker is yet another year older, and bound to regress if only because nobody can repeat what he did last year
New purchases are unproven, although, to Samp's credit, they seem to be good at finding quality replacements for players that leave.
Some locker room bust-up at the tail end of last season caused the technical director to leave
Owner is talking about selling the club, and is generally rather eccentric
Manager left after 3 successful, maybe even over-achieving seasons
New manager is a big question mark

Boy, I don't know. It sounds like good background material for a relegation dogfight. Do you think I'm being over-pessimistic?

Yes.

I think we will have a pretty bad season, that for sure, and probably finish from 12th to 15th. Relegation? Not with a healthy Quagliarella. Lecce, Brescia and Hellas Verona are all pretty bad. Add SPAL, Udinese, Genoa and Parma to the mix. We should be in the group which competes for the 10th spot, with Bologna, Cagliari and Sassuolo, but I'm not very confident we will manage to get it and I would not be surprised if some clubs who are worse on paper finished above us. 12th to 15h position, like I said.
Anyway, the transfer campaign is not over yet, maybe things improve. And maybe the club is sold soon.
 

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from what i've read above, sounds not good for Samp new season.
i should wait and keep watching how things going on? and what they can do

hopefully they prove you all wrong
 

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TRAINING RAMPS UP AHEAD OF SAMP V LAZIO


Thursday 22nd August 2019 07:16 pm

The squad’s training session on Thursday just three days ahead of the Serie A curtain raiser against Lazio involved a video meeting, warm-up and technical and tactical drills on pitch two at the Mugnaini. Jakub Jankto took part in a tailored session involving specific fitness and technical drills, while Gonzalo Maroni continued his physio work. Eusebio Di Francesco will put his charges through their paces once again on Friday morning.
 

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Samp vs. Lazio

It's HT vs. Lazio, and things don't look so good. The away team is looking much sharper, and two excellent saves from Audero have kept it down to 1-0. I was going to write that Berezynski was looking sharp both on offense and defense, but then he had a big part in the goal. I was also going to write that Vieira looks just as lost with the ball at his feet as he did last year, until he had a great first touch and almost snuck it past Strakosha. But, honestly, that first touch could also have been luck. Milinkovic-Savic is looking dangerous - I think I remember a game in the 2017-18 season when he absolutely terrorized Samp.

Tactically, compared to Giampaolo's tenure, I think the passes seem to be on average a little longer. But, I'm far from an expert on tactics, so maybe I'm totally wrong. Also, I think we're seeing some miscommunications that may result from this being the first game of the season.

Let's hope for a better 2nd half.
 

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Lazio is crushing Samp in the start, at least good to see that Samp started to produce something aginst the goal after the Lazio goal
 

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Things went from "don't look good" to "awful" really fast. Boy, what a clunker. Audero looked excellent, Gabbiadini at least tried, but that was about it. Ouch. Things better improve, fast.
 

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I think we have one of the leagues worst defence, nothing is working in the back..Colly is to slow and out of position quit often, and I can´t quit spin my head around why we spent so much money for Murillo
 

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just watched match highlights, Lazio looked away the better side and more sharp and had more dangerous chances and Audero saved some. i wonder if this was the best lineup

it's really an awful result & start
 
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