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Ranieri ahead of Inter clash: “If we’re not able to impose our game, we’ll have to batten down the hatches.”

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia ahead of his Sampdoria side’s trip to Milan, the headline fixture of this weekend’s Serie A restart fixtures, Claudio Ranieri explained that his side could go for a three-at-the-back formation against Inter, while confirming that striker Fabio Quagliarella would miss out through injury.

“It won’t be a different Sampdoria, I am positive and want to win. If we’re not able to impose our game, we’ll have to batten down the hatches. I’ve done some trials playing three at the back, but only because in some halves of games I already used this solution, realising that the squad needed a third centre-half. We’ll see – it could change from game to game. I always pick on the eve of the match.”

“Conte is a friend of mine, a great coach. Every ball will be contested.”

“I don’t want to risk [Quagliarella], he has a small issue with his calf which could become more serious. Since we’re playing three times a week, I decided not to deploy him. He could come back against Roma.”

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