Inter refusing to look past Sampdoria
Andrea Stramaccioni has demanded his Inter Milan players "beat Sampdoria first" before thinking of Saturday's clash with Serie A leaders Juventus.
Despite his side failing to win in their last six league fixtures, the Inter coach admitted he is cautious about the quality of the Genovese side, and will not be thinking about their showdown with Juve until after the match.
He said: "I think Sampdoria started well, but have only slowed down recently in terms of results rather than performances. I therefore await a side that wants to turn around that negative trend by making the most of the characteristics that can cause us problems.
"I am good at not thinking about Juve, I am focused only on preparing for the Sampdoria match in minute detail. Besides, we can only talk about the meeting with Juventus being a head-to-head at the top of the table if we first beat Sampdoria."
Asked about the refereeing controversy engulfing Juventus - who his side meet this weekend in a match dubbed the 'Derby of Italy' - Stramaccioni failed to see any sinister theories behind the officiating.
He told reporters: "Up until what happened in Catania, I considered the experiment of using goal line referees to be positive. Perhaps I have a romantic vision of football but I think it is best when seen and judged by human eyes.
"I do not believe the errors are all aimed in one direction. I think they were simply mistakes and nothing more. I saw no pro-Juventus trend."