In Ryan Nelsen's absence, Samba has been wearing the armband with great aplomb but the giant defender insists he would have no problems in giving it up tomorrow.
He said: "Phil Jones has shown his quality and I am sure he has a good future. He is a talented lad, who keeps his head down and works hard and I am very happy for him.
"It has been good to captain the team and I have tried to do it the best I can. Ryan Nelsen will be hoping he comes back though and he has been a great leader for so long.
"Every time you play against the champions it is difficult.
"But we try to beat them every time. A couple of years ago they scored in the 90th minute to get a draw and that was their best team."