Andrea Poli is confident that the derby win over Genoa is the start of a Sampdoria recovery.
Doria had lost their last seven games before defeating their city rivals on Sunday night thanks to a 3-1 scoreline.
“The derby is a game that fires you up and can allow you to face other matches with the right attitude,” the Italian noted.
Poli opened the scoring in the tie and the result was made safe thanks to a goal by teenager Mauro Icardi.
“As a 19-year-old, he has to keep his feet on the ground,” Poli said of the forward who joined the club from Barcelona.
“I think he’ll be able to do that and there are players in this squad who will be able to help him.”
Doria are still only two points away from the relegation zone and they will play Bologna next in Serie A.
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