Mimmo di Carlo has praised his Sampdoria players for handling the upheaval of Antonio Cassano's bust-up with president Riccardo Garrone.

Cassano is now joining AC Milan after his blazing row with Garrone.

Samp coach Di Carlo said: "I am fortunate to lead a team that can always adjust its tactics and options, but maintain the same team spirit.

"I've been surprised by the strength of the squad rather than the individuals, as the locker room is a united atmosphere."