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'"Not easy to focus" - Politano

Thu 26 November 2020 | 23:01

Matteo Politano confirms it was "really not easy" for Napoli players to concentrate on the Europa League after Diego Maradona’s death.

The hours before the 2-0 win over Rijeka were dominated by tributes to the club legend, who died at the age of 60 on Wednesday evening.

It was a very sad day and a difficult game to get focused on, which was really not easy after everything that happened,

Politano

told.

This is a tough moment, but all us players want to bring home a trophy this season so we can dedicate it to Diego.

The players all appeared wearing Maradona 10 jerseys and thousands were there chanting his name outside.

Lorenzo Insigne and historic club coffee and kit man Tommaso Starace headed to place flowers at the gates with the rest of the fans before kick-off.

We did well to break the deadlock and then go on to win the game

,”

Politano

continued.

We need to improve in our passing and to stop losing the ball cheaply, as we did in the first half, when we risked giving away some dangerous counter-attacks.

Napoli

are now top of the Europa League group with 9 points, above Real Sociedad and AZ Alkmaar on 7.

We’re on the right track now in the Europa League and have a very tough game on Sunday, because Roma pass it well, play good football and are difficult to beat.

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