Serie A Club of the Round – Sampdoria


There was the international break in between, but Sampdoria are the first club this season to earn the shout-out twice in a row. While the first one, which came against Napoli, was a little unexpected, the eruption versus Frosinone was more predictable. The had troubles maintained a high level of performances on the road last season, but they took advantage of a cozy match-up in this case.

Marco Giampaolo confirmed most of his line-up from the previous fixture, but this time chose Omar Colley over Lorenzo Tonelli, who had a physical hiccup during the week, and Gianluca Caprari as attacking midfielder instead of Gaston Ramirez, while Riccardo Saponara was out with a hamstring strain. The big offseason acquisition Jakub Jankto was again relegated to the bench, with Edgar Barreto, Albin Ekdal and Karol Linetty forming the midfield.

Sampdoria were immediately the aggressors and broke the deadlock after ten minutes, as an opponent misplaced a pass in the final third, Caprari served an onrushing Barreto on the right wing, who then perfectly set up Fabio Quagliarella for an easy finish with a square ball.

The Blucerchiati continued to press, but were a little imprecise in the first half. Frosinone had just one clean chance in the whole game, when the score was still one-nil, with Niccolò Brighenti smacking the bar with a header off a set piece.

The Genoa-based team stopped messing around after the break and quickly put the game on ice. The second goal was scored by Caprari, who volleyed home a pinpoint delivery by Quagliarella, the third one by Gregoire Defrel, who ghosted past a defender on a long ball and left Marco Sportiello stock-still.

Sampdoria had another spurt late thanks to the additions of Dawid Kownacki and Gaston Ramirez. The Pole drew a penalty after a deft move in the box that forced Emil Hallfredsson to foul him and converted it, while the Uruguayan attacker had an assist, powering down the left flank on a counter and finding Defrel with a square ball.

The Blucerchiati were impressive in the last two games after an uninspiring showing in Udin in the seasonal debut. The make-up game on Wednesday against Fiorentina will say more about what they can aspire to this season.

They put together an absolute bounty in the fantasy game thanks to the fact there were few different scorers and most of the goals were assisted as well. Defrel totalled nine points, Emil Audero had seven thanks to the clean sheet, Quagliarella picked up six. The fact that they did not concede gave the rest of the defenders five points and two to the midfielder, then Joachim Andersen, Ramirez and Barreto tacked on two more for their dishes.

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