Rani has endorsed Sunny again despite the ‘False Championship’

  • Claudio Raneri has opposed Sampdoria’s president Massimo Ferrero’s thinking, supporting his call for an end to Serie A season.

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Modified April 13, 2020, 18:30 IST

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Sampdoria head coach Claudio Raneri

Sampdoria head coach Claudio Raneri said the delay in Serie A due to the Coronavirus epidemic would lead to a “false championship” but backed calls would allow the 2019-20 season to end.

Ranieri’s men clean up the 16th on the table and only one point in the relegation zone with 5 games left to play, and the Blueschery boss was skeptical about whether he would be able to push his players to the maximum when his season started.

The Italian government officially suspended all sporting events around the country as part of a move to address the epidemic, and Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero said the season at Serie A would “end here.”

However, Rani told Radio Achio Sport: “I believe that after a month and more inactivity it will always be a false championship, as there has been no regularity. I think teams will play for the title and get rid, but it’s still a distraction for me. There will be championships.

“I don’t know if it will be possible to resume a championship, but one thing is certain: As players in Formula 1 cars, they must be pushed to the max.

“Will it be possible to do so in this situation? Then there is the latest talk from the Sports Medical Federation. I say that this championship must end, but we must tell doctors how and why.”

Five players from Sampdoria’s first team and a member of the club’s medical staff have tested positive for coronavirus in recent weeks.

Manolo Gabiadini, Omar Kali, Albin Ekdal, Antonio La Gumina and Morten Thorsi were all infected with the virus, including club doctor Amedo Baldari.

Ranieri suggested that in order to ease the pressure on the players, teams should be allowed additional replacements when the season begins.

“A player before me was declared positive, then he turned negative and then he was declared positive again after he started training again,” Ranieri explained.

“I also read that this evil can also attack important tools like the heart.

“If we start again, I’m proposing five changes per game. Because we will put the highest pressure on all players, especially those infected by the virus.”

Published April 13, 2020, 18:30 IST

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