Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri revealed that he tried to convince Diego Maradona to return to Napoli in 1991 and now he is going to face Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli on Sunday in the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
said that he tried to convince
to return to Napoli in 1991, but he had decided to retire.
The Stadio San Paolo was officially renamed after Maradona and it is now called the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
“I think it’s a wonderful gesture. As well as being a world champion, Maradona was the soul of Napoli in a way, giving the whole population life in football terms,” Ranieri said.
“The first year I went to Napoli as a coach, Ciro Ferrara and I tried to convince Maradona to return, We spoke to him twice when we were in pre-season training, but he had already decided to retire. It was very disappointing because I would’ve loved to coach a player like him.”
Ranieri’s Sampdoria are going to face Gennaro Gattuso’sNapoli
on Sunday and it will be the firstSerie A
game in the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
“We will be up against a solid team that has good movement and the character of Rino Gattuso. We have to show determination, passion, and spirit of sacrifice to get a result.
“Napoli have many champions whose great strength is the speed with which they make moves happen.”
There is going to be a minute’s silence ahead of the game for Paolo Rossi, the 1982 World Cup winner who died this week.
“I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard the news. Nobody knew he was ill. I had noticed he hadn’t been on television as a pundit for about a year but didn’t know why.”