The Sampdoria manager contradicted the thoughts of his club president Massimo Ferrero by backing calls for the Italian league season to be completed.
Sampdoria head coach Claudio Ranieri stated the delay in Serie A due to the coronavirus pandemic would result in “a falsified championship” however backed calls to allow the 2019-20 season to be completed.
Ranieri’s men are sixteenth in the table and just one point clear of the relegation zone with thirteen games left to play, and the Blucerchiati boss expressed doubts over whether or not he would be capable to push his players to their maximum should the season resume.
The Italian authorities formally suspended all sporting occasions throughout the country indefinitely as part of its measures to tackle the pandemic, and Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero stated the Serie A season “must end here”.
if the resumption of the championship will be possible or not, however one thing is certain: the players are like Formula 1 cars, they ought to be pushed to the maximum.
“Will it be possible to do it in this situation? On that, the Sports Medical Federation has the last word. I say that this championship need to be concluded, however the doctors must inform us if and how to do it.”
Five of Sampdoria’s first-team players and one member of the club’s medical body of workers have tested positive for coronavirus in current weeks. Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby all contracted the virus, alongside with club medical doctor Amedeo Baldari.
Ranieri suggested teams ought to be allowed to make additional substitutions if the season resumes, in order to ease the strain on players.
“I had a player declared positive first, then he turned negative and then he was declared positive once more after he had started training again,” explained Ranieri.
“I have additionally read that this evil can also attack an important apparatus such as the heart. If we resume, I propose 5 changes per game. Because we would bring most stress to all players, particularly those affected by the virus.”