Wooden bridge – Morten Thorsby, 25, had already been in Ponte di Legno two years ago on his first Italian retreat with Di Francesco as coach and had ended it not very well: Sampdoria tried to lend him to Serie B, judging him not suitable for football Italian. He then resisted and with the arrival of Ranieri he established himself as an essential “soldier”. Two years later in the same retreat he arrives as a symbol of the last Sampdoria, cited by market rumors, a player among other idol of the fans.
From rags to riches.
“Yes, let’s say that in the last two years I have grown a lot and I think I have shown that I can stay in Italian football. Having said that, I still have to grow a lot ”.
How do you find Ponte di Legno?
“I really like it here, the climate reminds me of my home, with this coolness it is easier to work”.
And with D’Aversa first impressions?
“The coach has clear ideas, I’ve known him for 4 days but he seems very focused on what we need to do. I like to work, he likes to work, so everything is fine ”.
Last year he was among the most effective fatigue midfielders in Serie A. Is this Thorsby or is there something else?
“I want there to be more! Running a lot is a source of pride but now it fits me tight. I would like to improve in technique, goals and assists, make a greater attacking contribution ”(for the record: yesterday he scored his goal in the first match).
At the end of the workout while the others are shooting, she refines her ball and foot technique.
“That’s what I was saying, I try to strengthen the weakest points. I don’t want to pass only as a defensive midfielder, I want to improve the attacking aspect ”.
Do you hear the market rumors concerning you?
“I have always said that I want to grow in Sampdoria, I have already grown in these two years but my path is not over. I’m fine here, they have been the best two years of my career so far, the market is the market but I don’t think about it ”.
Did you follow the Europeans?
“Of course, and I’m happy for Italy, which I cheered on. I am sorry that my Norway has not been able to play the role that in my opinion the team deserves. We have a generation with potential but we haven’t been able to exploit it. But seeing the Italian fans celebrating was nice: Italy needed this joy ”.
Did you compliment Damsgaard?
“Sure, but his exploits didn’t surprise me. All Sampdoria fans had already seen his potential this year, now also the world. I think it can grow a lot “.
How are your environmental campaigns going: do your teammates, for example, follow you?
“Maybe not all of them in words, but every day another electric Smart arrives in the parking lot and this is proof that the message is arriving”.
Is it true that someone teases you a bit?
“Some jokes, when you choose themes like this, you have to take them into account. We are all behind in environmental sensitivity. But the important thing is that the electric Smart then arrives at the field ”.
Do you believe it so much?
“It is an inevitable process now, in the coming years it will be more and more like this, the environment demands it, I just want to speed up this process. Look at what is happening with the flood in Germany: climate change is not a rhetorical slogan, it is a threat to the planet and to everyone. And we must all take action to change our polluting consumption. In Norway and Finlancia it was a very hot summer: it’s worrying ”.
Is there any comrade who pollutes more than others?
(smiles) “We all pollute a little, even without realizing it, we all have to improve from the little things for our share.”
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