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Marco Giampaolo spoke in the post-match press conference after the 3-3 draw between Fiorentina and Sampdoria. The Blucerchiati's coach refused to point to Fiorentina’s last-minute equaliser  as an excuse, opting instead to analyse Sampdoria’s performance as a whole: “We weren’t on our best form out there, but we still had a chance to take home the points. The result is a fair one, it’s frustrating for us because we were in the lead until very late on in the game, but it’s still a fair result."

There was a pervasive feeling that, regardless of the exhilarating spectacle, the team weren’t quite firing on all cylinders: “Our approach to this game was wrong,” Giampaolo continued, “we made too many mistakes. That’s not just from one individual but a number of players – it can happen. During half-time I told the lads that we were playing at 30%. Clearly, I went wrong somewhere during the week.

The game featured a couple of braces on either side, scored by Fabio Quagliarella and former Sampdoria hero Luis Muriel: “We saw some superb stuff from a couple of top-quality players. Fabio’s goal was typical for him: a great touch to get it out of his feet and a bit of individual skill. Muriel also showed his worth with those strikes, he can hit them like that.

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