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The Doria director hailed ‘Il Talentino’ ahead of the clash with the Nerazzurri...

Just minutes before Saturday evening’s big clash between Sampdoria and Inter, the Blucerchiati's director of football, Beppe Marotta, praised coach Gigi Del Neri for the team's flying start to the season.

“First and foremost I must lay all the praise on Del Neri for our great place in the standings,” Marotta declared to TMW.

“This evening’s encounter is an extremely big challenge as the technical gap between us and Inter is ample. Our coach has mixed things around a little and I think he is right in doing so.”

The director then laughed off any suggestions that the Genovese ever considered a deal to let their super talented fantasista move to the Italian champions. “There has never been any discussion between us and Inter regarding Cassano, even if I’m aware [Massimo] Moratti is a big fan of Antonio.

“We have no fear in losing him because he has demonstrated a great love for the Sampdoria colours.”

Stefano Federici,