Miha: ‘Napoli are stronger’

by | Apr 26, 2015 22:27 | Latest

Sinisa Mihajlovic concedes Napoli “are a better team” than Sampdoria and “we gifted them three goals too.”

The Blucerchiati had taken the lead through a Raul Albiol own goal, but were thumped 4-2 at the Stadio San Paolo.

Despite this result, they retain fifth place thanks to Fiorentina’s surprise defeat at home to Cagliari.

“Napoli are a great side anyway, so when you gift them three goals you’re not going to get a positive result.

Sinisa Mihajlovic concedes Napoli “are a better team” than Sampdoria and “we gifted them three goals too.”

The Blucerchiati had taken the lead through a Raul Albiol own goal, but were thumped 4-2 at the Stadio San Paolo.

Despite this result, they retain fifth place thanks to Fiorentina’s surprise defeat at home to Cagliari.

“Napoli are a great side anyway, so when you gift them three goals you’re not going to get a positive result.

“Napoli deserved the victory, as they played much better than we did. It can happen to lose at the San Paolo.

“Napoli had many other scoring opportunities, but we definitely contributed to this defeat. The approach was pretty good, but we conceded the first goal and the second straight after.

“We knew they had remarkable attacking potential. Napoli are a better team than we are, that’s no surprise to anyone.

“Fortunately on Wednesday we can get straight back on the pitch and not wait seven days. We are still fifth, so we have to take it one game at a time and focus on the positive.

“We didn’t do well to close the spaces between the defence and midfield, where their trequartisti kept getting the ball. The quality of the individuals then decided the match.

“We were a little frightened of closing their forwards down, so when we back off and back off, it’s inevitable to concede.

“I always said we should be afraid only of ourselves. It’s true there are six rounds to go and there are teams behind us in the table, but we haven’t done anything yet and risk ruining a great season at the end.

“Unfortunately you can’t buy character or experience at the supermarket, but I am confident my lads will find it within themselves.”

Eder went off before half-time with a knee injury, so what is his situation?

“He has pain in his knee, it was a knock and I wouldn’t like to bring bad luck, but he didn’t look good. We’ll see with the tests tomorrow.”

Mihajlovic has repeatedly been linked with the Napoli job and photographers crowded round him as he sat on the bench at the Stadio San Paolo.

“Maybe they just thought I looked handsome.”

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