Sun 05 February 2023 | 8:59

"We can’t let up an inch", says Napoli captain Di Lorenzo

Napoli captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo admits that they have a huge opportunity to win the Scudetto after 33 years.


 who last won

Serie A

in 1990, is 13 points clear at the top of the table after 20 matches. Luciano Spalletti’s side has won 15 of their last 16 league matches.  

Ahead of the game against Spezia on Sunday,

Di Lorenzo

insisted that Napoli can not let up even an inch in the title race.

He told the official Serie A website:

"It would be false of me to say that we don't have a huge opportunity this season, but there's a very long way to go and we can't let up an inch.

"We just need to stay focused on our work, which is what has got us where we are at this point of the season."

This is for the first time since 1994 that there is a 13 points gap at the top of the table after 20 matches.

Napoli sold players such as Lorenzo Insigne, Kalidou Koulibaly, Dries Mertens, and Fabian Ruiz last summer.

"I never imagined such a start to the season, what we are doing is something really special, and is just rewards for all the hard work we put in during pre-season and the summer, and continue to do now,"

Di Lorenzo said.

"From the first day, there was a good feeling among the players in the dressing room, with lots of youngsters wanting to show their value to the squad, especially after a strange summer where some important players left. Our confidence and belief has grown game after game, and it's up to us now to keep it going.”

Di Lorenzo believes fans at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona have played a huge role in Napoli’s success this season.

"Our ability to control games and manage possession has developed a lot these past two years. I’d also add that we are more confident, sharper and freer on the field of play; this has grown as the results got better. We’re really happy and just need to keep it up,"

Di Lorenzo added.

"More than ever, the [Stadio Diego Armando Maradona] this year is giving a massive helping hand. You can feel the passion of the fans who back us to the hilt in every game, you can almost touch it. We can only thank them. And I've also realised the mood in the city depends on our result at the weekend, so this huge responsibility motivates us even more."

source: SportMob

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