It’s not often that a team loses their place in the Champions League group stages but for Sampdoria, who are currently sitting fifth, that is exactly what has happened.
The Rossoneri are just three points behind third-placed Juventus in second spot, but if they continue to struggle, the Nerazzurri will be looking for a solution to the situation.
Sampdoria will be hoping to avoid the fate of their two-legged encounter with Inter Milan in the quarter-finals of the Champions Leagues with a win, but it would be difficult to see them getting past their rivals in the competition.
Despite the Serie A title race being tighter than ever, it’s a situation which has caused many clubs to look at other competitions to ensure they don’t miss out on the prize.
There is no easy solution to Serie A this season, and the best way forward for a team like Sampdora, who have been struggling since the mid-2000s, is to avoid relegation.
It would be a shame for a player to be sitting on the bench when his team has been losing ground.