Napoli Manager Maurizio Sarri walked out of a television interview after his side drew 0-0 against Inter at the San Siro.
The Azzurri’s chances of winning a Scudetto for the first time in 27 years slipped tonight as they were held to a 0-0 draw by the Nerazzurri and last week they were defeated 4-2 at home by Roma.
Juventus are now top of the table by one point after they defeated Udinese 2-0 at the Allianz Stadium this afternoon. La Vecchia Signora have the chance to move four points clear over Napoli if they beat Atalanta in their game in hand on Wednesday.
Sarri commented on the performance of his team in a post-match interview with Mediaset Premium.
“We weren’t far off and had some really good chances, especially in the second half, but in terms of focus and effort, it was much better than last week, if Juventus win every game for the rest of the season, then we can only applaud and tip our hats to them. We are not the richest club in Italy, we can push them all the way”.
Lorenzo Insigne could have scored for the Partenopei but the Italian International missed a one-on-one chance with Samir Handanović.
“Insigne is having an extraordinary season. Tonight he missed our best chance, but it was one move within a great game and a great campaign. That is all.
“Mario Rui is doing very well in terms of passing, but of course when it comes to strength and pace, Ghoulam is superior. I thought that when he got hurt, Faouzi was one of the best two or three full-backs in Europe, so anyone would miss him”.
Sarri’s emotions and frustration then got the better of him as he became angry when he was asked if Napoli’s Scudetto hopes were fading away.
“I refuse to accept this idea that Napoli have given up. We put in a strong performance in a difficult arena against a side that pre-season everyone said would be ahead of us by now. We did so well throughout this campaign that we got people expecting things that were unrealistic.
“If you continue to ask me about Juventus, then I’m going to just leave, because we played Inter-Napoli tonight and Juventus had nothing to do with it.”
When a female reporter asked Sarri about the season becoming more difficult and perhaps being a disappointment, he responded in a peculiar way.
“Because you are a lady, a pretty lady at that, I won’t tell you to *expletive* yourself.”