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Samp's recent poor run of form must not cloud the Giallorossi's judgement when they take to the pitch at Marassi...

Roma and Sampdoria go into their match on Sunday evening with contrasting fortunes.

The Giallorossi have progressed from their Europa League group and are currently on the cusp of a Champions League spot, while the Blucerchiati are plummeting down the table with just one win in their last six games.

However, coach Claudio Ranieri has told I Lupi not to underestimate their opponents as the likes of Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini still have a lot to offer.

"Samp aren't having a great time right now, but our concentration must be at its absolute maximum," he told

"They are a team with great players, like Cassano and Pazzini, players that Italian football has fallen in love with. We know their potential, and we will respect them."

Roma technical director Bruno Conti echoed Ranieri's sentiments, and emphasised that the players cannot take anything for granted against the Blucerchiati.

"We expect a difficult match. We must put Cassano and their problems on one side and be pragmatic," he stated.

Should other results go their way this weekend, the Giallorossi will know whether or not they can climb into the top four when they face Samp at 20:45 CET Sunday evening.

Anthony Wright,