Spalletti explains Napoli experiments in Turkey

Luciano Spalletti explains the tactical experiments Napoli performed against Antalyaspor. ‘When players have humility and sacrifice themselves, we can do anything.’

The Partenopei are in Turkey for a training camp during the break in Serie A for the 2022 World Cup and opened their series of tests with a 3-2 victory over Antalyaspor.

Giacomo Raspadori bagged a brace around the Matteo Politano strike and they will also face Crystal Palace and Villarreal.

They made some tactical experiments, using Raspadori in a few different roles, while changing from the 4-2-3-1 to a 3-4-2-1 formation in the second half.

“When players like Raspadori have humility and the desire to sacrifice themselves for the team, we can do anything,” said Spalletti in a press conference.

“He has the ability to play as a midfielder and gave a positive response there. Some things the squad knows well, others we are eager to discover.”

Right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo was also tested out as a central defender, as Juan Jesus was left out due to a slight muscular issue.

Kvicha Kvaratskhelia made his return after several weeks out with a back injury and played 45 minutes.

“We are doing everything that’s needed to be ready physically for the season to resume in January. We’re in a good atmosphere, Turkey has enthusiasm for football, it makes your heart swell. It was difficult at times tonight, we weren’t consistent or always working together as a team, but there were positives too, the way we moved the ball around with speed and attacked the space. Those are elements we have in our DNA.”

Leave a Reply