Giampaolo: 'Morally a 2-2 draw'

Marco Giampaolo was furious after Sampdoria’s late equaliser against Juventus was disallowed. “Morally, it ended 2-2, and their penalty was a gift.”

The Blucerchiati had drawn level with a Fabio Quagliarella spot-kick after Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener, but CR7 converted his own penalty.

Riccardo Saponara’s stunning curler in stoppages was ruled offside after a VAR review.

“Many teams arrive at the Juventus Stadium and act like they have practically already lost. We were too respectful at the start and lacked the right determination on their goal in the first two minutes,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“After the equaliser, we remained in the game and caused them a lot of problems. I liked our performance and morally, it ended 2-2.

“The penalty awarded to Juventus was a gift. We can discuss it for days, but you cannot give a penalty for that, otherwise it’ll be total chaos every Sunday. Calling that intentional handball is absurd.

“Juve could’ve scored anyway, don’t get me wrong, but I will take the performance. My lads showed character and the Saponara goal was too beautiful to disallow.”

Considering the hiccups from Milan and Lazio, can Sampdoria target fourth place and a Champions League spot?

“I believe in hard work. There are six or seven teams better equipped than we are, but the table is tight and everything can change rapidly. Consistency pays off in this campaign.”

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