Luciano Spalletti: We were sure that Maradona was watching this game

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Luciano Spalletti: We were sure that Maradona was watching this game

Coach Napoli on a convincing defeat by Barcelona Napoli suffered a heavy defeat from Barcelona in the return match of the sixteenth final of the Europa League. The guests celebrated 4: 2 and after 1: 1 at their stadium won the continuation of the competition.

Napoli will now concentrate exclusively on the fight for the scudetto, although they regret after they are eliminated. Especially because the duel with Barcelona was symbolized by the character of the legendary Diego Armando Maradona, who once played for both clubs.

The famous Argentine had much more success in the south of Italy, so after his death, Napoli renamed the Stadio San Paolo to Diego Armando Maradona It was an additional motive for the hosts to play a good game, but they burned out in their intention to play offensively.

Luciano Spalletti admitted that after the match. "We were sure that Maradona was watching this game and that's why we wanted to be up to the task. We paid for the consequences of the brave game, because we wanted to attack them instead of retreating and waiting for counterattacks."

"We could have done that, but we didn't want to. However, there were too many mistakes and Barcelona had a great evening. When you play directly with them, one on one, they will always find a way to make a real pass."

"We made more mistakes than usual and they controlled the ball very well. when they lose it, which we missed. Every time we pressed them and got closer to them, a knockout would follow ", the Napoli coach is honest.

Napoli vs Lazio

The third-placed team of Serie A, with two points less than the leading Milan, and leveled with Inter, are waiting for two new derbies. First, they will play against Lazio away on Sunday, and on March 6, they will meet Milan.

"We must not allow this result to disturb us, but we will start preparing for the new big game tomorrow," Spalletti emphasized. Barcelona seems to be the main favorite for now, but we must not forget that there are still a large number of good clubs in the game.

For that reason, it will be interesting to follow the Europa League to the very end. Xavi will try to reach their first trophy on the Barcelona bench, and if they play as before, it is certain that they have a good chance for the title Let's wait, we'll find out soon