Match winner Antonio Candreva said Sampdoria were determined to secure three points in the 2-1 win over Spezia on Friday. ‘We want to improve every day’.
The former Inter winger was the star of the show in the first half, as his cross was steered into the net by an unlucky Emmanuel Gyasi and then he added the second himself.
He stressed after the match that Sampdoria really wanted to bounce back from a difficult period and made sure the three points stayed at Marassi.
“We wanted to win,” Candreva told Sky Sport Italia. “The more experienced players must lead by example.
“The results weren’t great and today we knew the importance of the match against a Spezia who were doing well.
“We want to improve every day, every training. But the results count and so far they have been fluctuating.”
Candreva has scored four times in nine Serie A games this term and believes it’s just the beginning.
“Last year I arrived without the pre-season and with the extended season due to COVID,” he said. “This year I knew the group, the environment and had all the time to prepare.
“This is just the starting point.”
Coach Roberto D’Aversa has been under pressure after a difficult start and Candreva said the players are working with ‘enthusiasm’ to turn things around.
“In Italian football there’s no patience,” he said. “The first to pay is the coach. I’m sorry because we came from a draw against Udinese and a match in Cagliari where we were punished by a few moments.
“There was a bit of a bad mood, but we have always worked well. With enthusiasm.”