Sampdoria manager Mimmo Di Carlo admits that he would like to avoid Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League preliminary round.
â€œThere is only one team that I would like to avoid â€“ Tottenham,â€ said Di Carlo.
â€œIn August the English clubs start out very strong and they would put us under a great deal of pressure in terms of tempo.
â€œThe others, albeit strong, I would take on with optimism. Let us not forget we also have champions and I doubt many sides have strikers like Antonio Cassano, Giampaolo Pazzini, Guido Marilungo and Nicola Pozzi.â€
He added: â€œThe English sides are good, but if we arrive at this appointment on form then we have a hunger that allows us to battle on level terms with anyone.
â€œThis Samp is capable of anything and I think weâ€™ve already proved that. The club is building a solid squad and you can see the long-term planning at work.â€
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