Stramaccioni: Sampdoria can cause Inter problems

The young coach expects a difficult game against the Luigi Ferraris outfit, but insists he is focused on the task at hand
Andrea Stramaccioni believes that a testing encounter awaits Inter on Wednesday evening when they take on Sampdoria at the Giuseppe Meazza.

The 2010 Champions League winners have been in fine form in the past few weeks, but Stramaccioni insists the Blucerchiati will not be pushovers.

"There have been lots of games in which Sampdoria have played well but come away empty-handed. We shouldn't be fooled by the league position they're in at the moment," Stramaccioni said at a press conference.

"They'll want to get things back on track and take points away from San Siro. Their team is well equipped to cause us difficulties but we're trying to prepare for this encounter as best as we possibly can."

The Nerazzurri boss then went on to stress he is completely focused on his side's immediate test, and is not yet thinking about Saturday's game versus Juventus.

"You ask me if I'm able not to think about Juventus? Yes, personally I am able to do that. I take games one at a time and try to give everything without making any mistakes. We really are taking each game as it comes because matching our rivals' results in each game is crucial.

"At the moment I have to beat Samp and I think it's going to be extremely tough. We must make sure Inter go out there hungry to win and with an attacking mindset."

The match against Sampdoria is scheduled to kick off at 20:45CET.