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‘I expected a tough group’ – Gattuso

Wed 09 December 2020 | 14:52

Napoli’s manager anticipated a tough Europa League group for his side and shed some light on the extension of his contract.

In order for the Partenopei to secure a place in the last 32 stage of

Europa League

, they must gain at least one point in tomorrow’s clash with Real Sociedad.

I expected a tough group,

Gattuso

said.

Every team is very organized, Rijeka were considered the weakest side but they have created troubles to everyone. AZ and Real Sociedad have competitive teams,

” he continued.

"

I think I have done good things so far. My staff and I are satisfied with the work done. We have a strong team, we are convinced this is the perfect team for how we see football.

The Spanish international

Fabian Ruiz

will be back from an injury and

Piotr Zielinski

starts in midfield.

Fabian feels well and is eligible to play,

” Gattuso said.

"

Zielinski can do everything, he has great qualities, let’s see where he will play tomorrow. He went through a negative period after COVID, now he is doing well

.

We’ll need a big game in both phases. They have two heavy absences, but they are unbeaten in 17 games and this makes us understand what team we are going to face tomorrow.

The first

Napoli

coach to be at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium is going to be Gattuso.

"

There is emotion and responsibility, also for the importance of the match. Diego deserves so much, for everything he did in this city. It is a great honor for me, there will be further pressure for this

.”

When asked about

Lorenzo Insigne

’s improvement, he added: "

Lorenzo doesn’t have to smile because he scores goals, but because he comes to Castel Volturno to train. I have a frank relationship with him, he is improving. He is the captain and must always be impeccable in everything he does

.”

Gattuso has also reflected on the racism incident which occurred during PSG and Basaksehir’s match on Tuesday with the teams gathering again today to resume the competition as he was asked if he would have done the same.

"Difficult to answer, one should be faced with certain problems. Strong signals are needed to combat racism, and that one of yesterday was a strong signal. Those who decided did it in good faith. It’s

<em>

definitely not a good story for football

.”

In answering the question regarding his contract extension, he laughed and said: “

Mind your own business.”

"Seriously, they are evaluating and reading all the documentation...".


source: SportMob