Luciano Spalletti insists Napoli should not consider their 4-0 result away to Napoli as an easy win. ‘David Ospina did really well in goal.’
The Partenopei maintained their perfect start to the Serie A season with a fifth win out of five, dominating at Marassi through a Victor Osimhen brace, Fabian Ruiz and Piotr Zielinski goals.
“We are happy with Osimhen because he works so hard in everything he does,” Spalletti told DAZN.
“It was a good result today, but Sampdoria caused us problems in the first half. Where we deserve credit is for hanging in there, resisting the pressure and then finishing our chances well.
“Ospina did really well in goal during the first half, as Sampdoria pounced on us from the start, but that left huge gaps behind their defence, and in those situations Osimhen is devastating.
“When the game isn’t going well, you have to try to get something from the individuals and that’s what we did.”
Once again, Napoli fans were full of praise for Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa in the midfield, having brought some balance to the side that was lacking last term.
“We lack strength and the tackle in other players, whereas he has these characteristics. That’s not all, as he can also pass the ball and create play, but more than anything he realised where the team is lacking and focuses his energy on covering those gaps to help out.
“We added a trequartista for the second half, because they were forcing our midfielders too deep, so Fabian couldn’t put the pressure on.”
Napoli are top of the table with a perfect record after five rounds and Spalletti acknowledges the expectations are rising.
“We are just a football team, we enjoy the extraordinary affection that this city has towards the club colours. We must keep working calmly, because the average for a Champions League place is 80-85 points, which means we are missing 72 points.
“Looking at it from that perspective, there’s a long way to go and many other teams can get back into it.”
https://t.co/CnUzRjcgYC Spalletti: “Bravi nel primo tempo a resistere, l’abbiamo risolta con giocate individuali! Contenti di Osimhen,
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