Quagliarella hails Montella and return to form

Sampdoria forward Fabio Quagliarella claims the club cannot afford to let complacency creep in while also discussing the influence of manager Vincenzo Montella.

The former Juventus forward has struck goals in two consecutive fixtures for the first time this season against Inter Milan and Frosinone respectively, but the robust forward is keen to score goals that matter, not just to add to his tally of seven strikes.

“Goals bring confidence,” the 33-year old told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “The one against Inter was useless, but I scored it against [Samir] Handanovic, not just anyone. For me, it was satisfying.

“I’ve found the feeling for the shot after having spent some time without playing. [Coach Vincenzo] Montella reintroduced me gradually, a few minutes at first, then half an hour, then as a starter.

“I always make sure that I’m ready. Hopefully some of my shots end up at the back of the net. Now that we’ve found a path to victory again, we absolutely must stay on the same track.”

The Italy international has been given a new role under Montella this season, but the former Napoli hitman says he’s enjoying the freedom he’s been given within the team.

“Montella doesn’t give much advice but he understands what I think and what I want. He knows how to speak to my teammates so they can place me in the best conditions to score. He wants them to look for me a lot, he expects many vertical balls.

“Playing as the lone striker is new for me. I played at Udinese in the middle of a trident, with [Antonio] Di Natale and [Simone] Pepe, but never in front of two [playmakers].

“I like it, it lets me roam with great freedom. With two players like that, the right ball can come at any moment.”

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