Welcome back to Sampdoria! It’s been a funny season so far in Serie A, with the traditional powerhouse clubs underperforming, whilst a number of the more unfashionable clubs (ourselves included) are making a strong run for European football.
The league table at the start of January makes for bizarre reading, with the top 8 separated by just 6 points, and Juventus, Lazio and Roma all outside even that group.
It’s at this point I would usually make a self-deprecating and/or expectation lowering statement about how “this cannot possibly continue”, but history suggests it can, and we haven’t lucked into these results, on performances, we’ve deserved them.
My aim for this season is now European qualification, and the only reason I haven’t specified Champions League is because Italy’s coefficient is on the wane and coming under heavy pressure from France.
There’s a vast array of potential outcomes to this season, so let’s get to it, starting with one of my least favourite parts of modern football, the January transfer window…