"I looked up at the scoreboard and saw Lazio were winning, so even though we were losing, I felt a little bit happy. I can only learn from a coach like Simone," smiled Pippo on Sky Sport Italia.
“After the final whistle, I tried calling home, but my father was crying and I couldn't hear what he was saying!"
He continued: “I'm so happy that we as a newly-promoted side fought back from 2-0 down and refused to give in or settle for a point. We wanted the win, we took it and I appreciate that attitude.
“I believe wholeheartedly in my team. We practically gifted the two goals to Samp, but we had over 60 per cent possession at Marassi and that is no mean feat.
“Even if we had lost, I would've appreciated the mentality, so a win is even more satisfying. Having a coach like Claudio Ranieri compliment me after the game is a wonderful sensation, you can't get better."