An assured performance propels Hellas into the top ten
A clean sheet, two goals and three points. So many positives to take from Saturday evening's 2-0 victory against Sampdoria.
It was another highly competent team performance from Juric's men, with a number of exceptional individual contributions too.
Dutch-Moroccan Sofyan Amrabat continues to impress. His gutsy, high-octane performances epitomise Juric's Hellas Verona. A player of genuine quality, Amrabat is involved in much of Verona's offensive play. In transition, he rarely gives the ball away, more often than not launching another offensive action. The 23-year-old loanee from Belgian Club Brugge is proving to be an exceptional acquisition for Hellas Verona, his €3.5 million buy out clause increasingly enticing.
At the heart of Verona's defence, 18-year-old Marash Kumbulla gave another commanding performance, adding a goal from a set piece to his already impressive repertoire. You can read a full profile of this exciting new prospect here.
Another young star with a bright future is 18-year-old loanee Eddie Salcedo. Starting his first game for Hellas, he made an energetic and skilful contribution. Inter recently invoked an €8 million buy out clause to take him from Genoa. On the evidence of last night's performance, the Milan club will consider that a shrewd piece of business.
Plenty of other decent performances too, including from Marco Silvistri in goal and Davide Faraoni, our rampaging full back. Finally, a special mention for Liam Henderson. Great to see the Scot back on the pitch, if only for a few a minutes at the end.
End of the line for Di Francesco?
If you're looking for negatives, it must be said that Samp offered little. Rooted at the foot of the table, it's difficult to see how Di Francesco survives this 5th defeat in six Serie A games.
Lack of fire power
The lack of goals from Verona's strike force is another ongoing talking point. Verona have found the net just 6 times this season - Verona's strikers have yet to appear on the scoresheet. For the moment, former Chievo hitman Mariusz Stępiński is Juric's first choice up front. He must find the net soon if Verona are to continue to challenge this season.
Finally, a word for the outstanding Samp support at the Bentegodi last night.
Around 1500 doriani made the trip to Verona, and they put on a spectacular show of support for a team that scarcely merited it. For 90 minutes their flags swayed in the high tier of the away Curva, and their vocal support didn't abate for a moment, even when their side conceded a second. The Veronese, in comparison, seemed a trifle subdued. Adversity seems to bring out the best in the Curva!
Tieni duro Samp! Siamo con voi!
Three points for Hellas propels them into the top ten, while Samp stay rooted to the foot of the table.