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Roberto Mancini: Sampdoria is always a special game for me


Internazionale coach Roberto Mancini says today's game against Sampdoria will be special.

The 50-year-old spent more than 15 years at Sampdoria as a player and is considered like a hero by the Sampdoria fans.

But he will be hoping to spoil the party of his old fans when the Nerazzurri take the Blucerchiati at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

"I've been back to Marassi lots of times as an opponent and it's always a special game for me," Mancini told reporters.

"I had some great times there.

"I'm happy to see Walter Zenga again too. We played together lots of times, both on the same team and on opposite sides. I'm glad he's coaching in Italy again.

"Sampdoria are a good team and they have three or four quality players up front who can win the game for you.

"Result aside we played well in the first half [against Fiorentina]. I don't think the team has any sort of problem at the moment. It may even have been the best game we've played but you just have to accept the verdict of the pitch.

"What does it leave us with? It leaves us without Miranda. It was just a game. We'll lose and win others over the course of the season."

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