Napoli focused on their own display; Lorenzo is available - Spalletti

Wed 27 October 2021 | 15:33

According to the Partenopei coach, the Italy international is going to be at his disposal for the clash against Bologna and he emphasized that Napoli are ‘focused on our own performance’ after Rossoneri surpassed them on the table yesterday.

Luciano Spalletti

had a press conference before the battle against


on Thursday and he confirmed that

Lorenzo Insigne

will be available.

Following the Italian’s small injury in Roma clash, speculations regarding his absence were raising but the club manager insisted that ‘everything is fine’.

Lorenzo is fine,”

he said.

“He hasn’t given symptoms of any kind since we met. This week he showed his trademark, his plays, so everything is fine.”


won the clash against Torino 1-0 on Tuesday and created a three-point gap with


on the table. Spalletti said that his side are trying to have their ninth victory in Serie A and he admitted Sinisa Mihajlovic’s squad are really qualified.

“You have to try to win the game, because you want to make sense of our championship and to do that you have to perform and win games.

“It won’t be easy because we face a tough team, because the coach is like that and it’s about a team that Walter Sabatini has put his mark on. When it’s like that, it becomes a team that makes sense.

“Just look at the last game played outnumbered. Another squad would have stopped fighting. Instead, they hit back and then lost due to a wonder goal, a stroke of genius from an opponent.

“They would have deserved a different result. We must put all out qualities into the match to get something out of this game.”

Victor Osimhen

’s performance has become better under the reign of the new coach as he met the back of the net nine times in 11 matches, with five of them being scored in Serie A.

Spalletti was quizzed about how the Nigerian can become even better, but the coach talked about the busy schedule.

When there are such tight deadlines, you risk being too heavy if you go into depth,”

Spalletti said.

“It’s clear that when there are weeks available, you also remain individually with different players, to work on what they do least.

“When the time is limited, it must be used at a group level, as a team. Then, even within the group, there are situations that can improve individual players because we watch videos, we work on possession and non-possession phases, on how our construction should be.”

Napoli are behind Milan once again and the coach was pressed whether it’s a pro or a con to be behind the Rossoneri.

If we are doing well or badly is not down to the results of the opponents, but our performances,”

Spalletti replied.

“We must try to play our football, to express it at its best, searching to build from the bottom or break down our opponents if they won’t let us.

“If others have won or lost doesn’t matter, we have to continue ourselves and be focused on our own performance.”

Spalletti saw the Roma supporters chanting Francesco Totti’s name and after the coach’s reaction towards referee Davide Massa, he was given a one game suspension.

He didn’t understand the reason behind him being sent off and he stated that he meant no sarcasm towards the match official.

As far as the relationship with the referee is concerned, it seems to me that I have it with many,”

he said.

“I can talk to everyone, even with the fourth official, as happened with Irrati in the last match.

“At the start of the season, I said complaining is for losers. And that’s the same with the decisions of the referees with may seem unfavourable to us.

“We must transform any unfavourable event into a satisfaction. I was neither ironic nor disrespectful, I was the real one who tried to say what he felt.

“If my way of talking to him has made it appear so for him, I have to change something and be more attentive to my ways of saying things.

“We must have this mentality if we want to grow. I didn’t want it to end up there. What happened was unfortunate. We have to keep quiet and work better.

“In this case, I have to be clearer when I want to say something to the referee. I called him to applaud him, I had him in front of me, so I wanted to do it.

“But he interpreted it like this, and you have to accept the referee’s decisions.”

Because of the busy schedule, Spalletti was pressed whether he has to make any changes before facing the Rossoblu.

There are three games per week, playing Sunday and Thursday, you can use the same ones, then from Thursday to Sunday the reasoning is different,”

he continued.

“The criterion is always the same, to let many of the attackers I have get minutes. It’s from there that less pressure is created in the defensive phase because the attackers hold the ball well, it’s from there you can score goals.

“We must realise that substitutions are essential to win games. If you are the big teams, you can see that many have replaced players in the attacking department because that’s where there are more solutions, both to defend and to attack.”

Spalletti revealed that he aims to push Bologna on Thursday and make it hard for the opponents to build from the back.

If you gather them, it becomes easier to press and it’s more difficult for them to re-build,”

he said.

“In the last few games, they have more substance, the wingers adapt to become a second striker.

“We will have to play a great match.”

The coach thins Piotr Zielinski would improve by the many games as his condition is not yet great, but he expects the Polish to show off his best displays in the future.

He still hasn’t provided the best of himself,”

he said.

“I’m waiting for him with open arms. He has qualities, he can finish from the outside, he cuts inside and breaks you in two.

“He’s not in great condition yet, but I can see him grow. These tight games will certainly help him. He has to get his engine up to speed, because we need it.”

Napoli are not training in the Cop Maradona as the President has other plans.

I know that the President is organising something, there are evolving opinions,”

he said.

“The Copa Maradona would suffocate us even more, I think it’s right not to participate in this competition.

“But it’s right to participate in any event that will be done in function of Diego.”

Spalletti was also asked to comment on referees not protecting Osimhen enough following a few fouls awarded for him.

There whistle is used enough in our league,”

the coach said. "

If I’m not mistaken, in the last game played at home, there was the lowest actual playing time in the league precisely because of the many fouls.

“Torino made more than us. All the clubs have players they would like to protect, but then if you go to man-mark, to have a little more strength on the pitch, to constantly ask for this desire for individual duels, the fouls come out.

“Osimhen has already adapted very well and must know that he will receive much more. It’s part of his role. After the messages sent, he has received everything and now has an exemplary behavious, that OK for us.”

Dries Mertens

is trying to be in the starting XI and Spalletti admitted that he is always prepared to help out.

“Dries wants to play, every time I call him, he’s already where I want him to be.”

Faouzi Ghoulam

came back after his ACL rupture injury but he has yet to feature under Spalletti’s reign as he needs more time.

Ghoulam is improving day by day and needs a little more time,”

Spalletti said.

“We are very confident because he knows football, he knows our team, he knows the way to do things right.”

source: SportMob

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