The words of the Napoli coach to Sky ahead of the last group match against the Portuguese: “More attention will be needed in the defensive phase, I hope to progress. Can we qualify even if we lose? Without calculations, we are a team “We must always play our own game game. Zanoli as starter? He was the first option but he hasn’t been good. Osimhen? We’ll see what condition he’ll be in.” Match on Tuesday at 9pm live on Sky Sport Arena, Sky Sport 253 and stream NOW
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Last act of the groups. Naples hosts the panty, with two (almost three) results available for passage to the round of 16: a victory, a draw or even a defeat by a single goal difference (the two teams would be perfectly equal in points and direct confrontations). but the criterion of overall goal difference). But after three knockouts in a row Mazzarri doesn’t want to do the math and only thinks about the field.. His words to Sky and in the conference on the eve of the cup. Match live on Tuesday at 9pm on Sky Sport Arena, Sky Sport 253 and streaming NOW.
It is clear?
“I’m calm because I saw you again after a long time, but if I think about the game I get serious and focused again to give all the possible contribution to the boys so that they can have a good game.”
We saw a good game but there were three ties in a row, what should we do differently against Braga?
“More attention will be needed in the defensive phase, the team is short, it follows the action, I saw things that I liked. But we have to pay more attention to the defensive mechanisms when we attack and when the others restart. I hope you make progress in this.”
For qualifying combinations you have a margin, you can even lose with a margin of one goal…
“Well, I wanted you not to even say that we can go through even if we lose by a goal margin. We are not a team that can do calculations, but a team that must play its own game, have a little more balance.” than the last few games and just thinking about this. “If we did anything different, we would just have a bad game.”
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Does Zanoli have possibilities on the left wing?
“Zanoli has not felt well until now, otherwise he would have been the first candidate to replace the absent players. Furthermore, since he does not train continuously, he would only have thirty minutes of autonomy, that is what made the difference. “I will see if it starts from the beginning, if so I will surely have to change it. Or he could come in during the game.”
Is there a problem with high balls?
“In the few training sessions I had available we only worked on this, and we trained well. It is clear that automatisms are acquired over time. In one or two days we hope to see something positive.”
How will you cope with the absence of Osimhen, who is in Africa for the possible title of African footballer of the year?
“This morning has been almost a day of relaxation for everyone. Tomorrow he will return, I will speak to him and we will see if he is in a position to start from 1. Furthermore, the African Cup of Nations will be coming soon and we will have to do without him. “We have two important players like Raspadori and Simeone who have already shown it in the past.”
Is there room for improvement from a physical point of view?
“I don’t want to make these assessments, out of seriousness towards those who came before me. I have been trying to solve the problems since I arrived. And we have already seen something, but I need to train my legs to ensure that my trainer is effective.”
Mazzarri at the conference: “We need to be solid again. And score from outside”
The Napoli coach’s analysis continued later in the classic pre-match press conference: “It will be essential to overcome the round, without giving anything away and with solidity. The team has shown that it knows how to play football but must find the balance of last year. Nathan? A normal moment of adaptation coming from Brazil.” Regarding the team’s improvements he reiterates: “The first point to improve is the defensive phase. Problems with threesomes? We didn’t shoot little, but we did badly, we have to find the goal again from outside.” On possible psychological problems after three knockouts: “I’m not afraid of fear, but the blow lasts a little bit. That is why it is essential to regain security with Braga.”
Juan Jesús: “Not at the moment but we are calm, we need patience”
Juan Jesús also spoke with Sky on the eve of the Champions League match: “It is a time when we are not doing well, although we played well despite the defeats. patience is needed – is his analysis of the team’s moment -. We must have the serenity to think that we are growing. What is missing in defense? The defensive phase is a general theme for the team, we must be aware of our mistakes, reflect and make sure they do not happen again. Three months ago we were champions of Italy and now we can’t think about not knowing how to play football anymore.“. Continuing the theme of sixth place as current champions: “The rivals certainly play with blood in their eyes, their attitude towards us has also changed. Osimhen absent for the possible title of African footballer of the year? Let’s hope he wins and then scores a hat-trick.”