Sampdoria will play against Atalanta on Sunday and coach Vincenzo Montella needs to make changes.
It is predicted that veteran strikers Fabio Quagliarella and Antonio Cassano will start together in attack and hopefully that is the truth. The Blucerchiati need their flair and creativity up front.
Luis Muriel scored goals against Bologna and Torino but he offers little off the ball and Samp haven’t got the midfield to supply him with an abundance of chances. He cannot stay isolated in attack or play off the last defender.
Cassano and Quagliarella
Cassano has usually played well when he has started and he is usually the most creative play in the Doria side. Not all of his passes hit the target but he can create something out of nothing. He has scored just one goal and got four assists but the stats don’t tell the full story.
“Fantantonio” got a rating of 7 in the 2-1 loss to Roma on Sunday night and that was despite being on the field for only 15 minutes. The Giallorossi controlled the game for about 50-60 minutes and then they allowed Samp to play. Once Cassano came on, Il Doria were in control and unlucky not to get a point.
Quagliarella has an opportunity to return to form. He has scored five goals this season but four came in the first four rounds with Torino. At Toro, he was cast aside for Andrea Belotti and Ciro Immobile. Now with Eder going to Inter, Quagliarella now has the responsibility to score goals at Samp and he also doesn’t have to fight for his spot.
Sampdoria’s play has been predictable for most of the season. Cassano’s dribbling and vision will be important but Montella needs Quagliarella to express himself too. The former Torino striker needs to be able to score the simple goals as well as his spectacular ones.
The Rest of the XI
Niklas Moisander must be dropped because he has made too many mistakes and he can’t read the game. I am happy to give young Slovakian defender Milan Skriniar a chance because I am fed up with Moisander. Matias Silvestre is solid in defence and can make passes from deep positions.
Pedro Pereira should be playing more. If Walter Zenga gave him a chance and he played well, why doesn’t Montella give him opportunities? Lorenzo De Silvestri has struggled for fitness and Mattia Cassani is past his peak.
Roberto Soriano is better suited playing as a central midfielder than as a trequartista. He has great stamina and pace and he is better off coming from deep positions. It is also better to have more creative players like Cassano and Joaquin Correa playing behind Quagliarella.
Aside from the 3-4-2-1, I would like Montella to consider a 3-5-2 formation. It would involve benching Correa but David Ivan would play in midfield and Cassano and Quagliarella would be the attacking pair.
The Blucerchiati have lost five of their last six Serie A games and it looks like Montella’s possession-based philosophy isn’t working. Now he needs Cassano and Quagliarella; their spark is needed.