Napoli suffered two consecutive defeats against Granada in the Europa League and Atalanta in Serie A earlier this week. At the pre-match press conference against Granada in the second leg, Gennaro Gattuso claimed responsibility for Napoli's poor recent results.
Criticism is deserved. At this moment, things are not going well. The responsibility is mine because I'm the coach,
" Gattuso said at a press conference.
"There is little to say. We are going through a negative moment and we perform below our capabilities. We wear a historic shirt and we represent a fantastic city.
"We have to take responsibility and I am primarily responsible. Now we have to make results and there is no point in chatting. What we are doing is not enough. We need fewer words and more actions, that's for sure."
The Napoli injury crisis has made the situation much worse.
Koulibaly and Ghoulam were already available against Atalanta, and tomorrow they will be there. Osimhen is not available. Demme and Hysaj are not ready to play yet
," the coach continued.
"Mertens will start on the bench tomorrow. He can play for 20-25 minutes. He spent a long time on the sidelines. We'll see how much space we can give him tomorrow."
All of the team's central strikers are injured. Can Matteo Politano play as a striker?
We'll see tomorrow, Elmas can play there too, but I don't want to give any advantage
," he replied.
"Today, I saw in the eyes of my boys that they believe we can qualify. We must believe, in football, you never know. Granada are a good team, but we can put them in trouble.
"I expect to have a better approach than the one we had in the first leg. We know very well what characteristics they have, but we gave them depth, and the team must read these situations well. Granada never give up and are hard to beat.
"In Bergamo we could have avoided those four goals. Against Juve we sat deep and it went well.
"We must put something more in terms of mentality and desire to win.
"It makes me laugh when I hear that we have no targets in the Europa League. We must evaluate the conditions in which we find ourselves playing every three days.
"We are missing many players. Who's playing is giving it all, but anyone can make a difference when you can rely on a full squad. We train little, and for the way we play, starting the action from the back, it is difficult to prepare the games."