It was their second consecutive draw, but Ranieri said: “We tried to play open football, but Sampdoria did very well and we saw today two teams eager to win and who had good defences.
“Samp closed all the spaces, had the numerical advantage back there and only gave us an inch on the counter-attack once, which is when Ale Del Piero hit the post.
“Are we anxious? No, at this moment we are not thinking about the table. There was only the desire to win the game, we didn't manage it, never mind.”
Ranieri added: “Naturally David Trezeguet is a born goalscorer and his absence is felt by the team, but we have other very good strikers.
“We hope he can recover quickly from his knee surgery, but all of us have to do better while he is out of action.”