Sampdoria host AC Milan in a battle for European places at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Saturday night.

After a positive start to the season, the Rossoneri have stalled in recent games and were comfortably beaten 2-0 at home by Palermo in the last round of fixtures. Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi insists that his side needs time to get things right and calls for supporters to be patient.

“It takes patience,” Inzaghi told reporters ahead of his side’s visit to Sampdoria.”It would be nice if we could be perfect right now, but I’m not worrying. Against Palermo we never lacked in desire.”

“There are little things we need to improve.There’s been a great reaction, and we’ll use that, starting tomorrow. Tomorrow you’ll see a return to the Milan that we saw only a short time ago.”

“At the end of December we’ll look at the table and take stock of the situation. Every possibility is still there for us.The team will draw on Sunday’s experience, and use that to help us in the future.”

Fourth place Sampdoria are enjoying an exceptional campaign so far and are ahead of their visitors by just three points in an extremely congested fight for the European places. Inzaghi had words of praise for his compatriot who he believes is doing a great job with the Blucerchiati.

“Sampdoria have a great spirit, and a great Coach [Sinisa Mihajlovic], a friend of mine.They’re a very good footballing side, I congratulate the Coach.”

Inzaghi went on to discuss the struggles of Fernando Torres, Philippe Mexes and Marco Van Ginkel and assured reporters that all three of them are very much in his plans.

“I believe in Torres and the way he works,” Inzaghi said. “It just takes patience. He’s coming off a period of not playing, and he needs to get his fitness back. Hopefully he’ll rediscover his scoring touch, starting tomorrow.”

“Van Ginkel has done well since he came here. He was injured after [a 2-2 draw with] Empoli, and I wanted to assess him in the Trofeo Berlusconi to see if he has recovered.I know I can count on a top player, now that he’s available he could be very useful.”

“As for Mexes, he’s always worked hard in training. I have a great relationship with him. It’s true that so far I’ve chosen Alex, but Philippe has always shown great ability. I know I can rely on a great person and a great player.”

Milan will be buoyed by the recent record against their hosts. They are unbeaten at the Marassi in four years, with two wins and two draws.

Probable Line-up (4-4-3): Diego Lopez(GK); Mattia De Sciglio, Philippe Mexes, Adil Rami, Daniele Bonera; Andrea Poli, Sulley Muntari, Nigel De Jong; Giacomo Bonaventura, Jeremy Menez, Fernando Torres