Although the Italian winger had the opportunity to score the equalizer from the penalty spot, Napoli’s captain fired the penalty wide of the target.
were able to get their hands on their first trophy of the season after a 2-0 win over the Azzurri.
“I have to thank my players, as they did what we needed to. They were a little timid, especially in the first half, but reacted to the goal,”
told RAI Sport.
“These things can happen, I congratulate them on their efforts. We could’ve done something more perhaps, but we know these situations are difficult.”
wept as he missed the chance to score his 100
goal, however, the manager thinks he shouldn’t feel sad.
“In such an important game, you can have a little bad luck and that includes a missed penalty, but the save on Lozano at the 94th minute was incredible.
“We win and lose with everyone in the team, Lorenzo mustn’t think we lost because of him, as that’s just not true.
“These two teams respected each other, it was a chess match of tactics, neither side had many scoring opportunities. It wasn’t perfect from either of us. They tried to use the pace of their strikers, but we blocked off the spaces most of the time.”
It was a rematch of the Coppa Italia Final, where
won after a 0-0 draw on penalties.
“It was very similar to the Coppa Italia Final. In fact, I think we were under more pressure seven months ago than tonight, as I don’t remember Juve chances other than their goals.
“We know they have a large squad to choose from and in a Final, it can happen that some players feel the tension more than others.
“I must also say, the pitch was in a terrible state and it wasn’t easy to play passing football on there. It’s not an excuse, we both suffered from the conditions.”