Maurizio Sarri, the head coach Napoli, sat down with the press yesterday and voiced his concerns about his upcoming match tomorrow facing a Palermo squad, who is currently facing relegation.
Even though Napoli has gone 15 straight matches without a loss, which is currently the second-longest streak in Europe at the moment next to Manchester United, he voiced his opinions about the match tomorrow, saying the match not be an easy cake walk
Even though Napoli has gone 15 straight matches without a loss, which is currently the second-longest streak in Europe at the moment next to Manchester United, he voiced his opinions about the match tomorrow, saying the match not be a certain victory.
When asked about the difficulty of tomorrow’s match in regards to their back to back wins against Milan at San Siro, and against Fiorentina in the round of the Coppa Italia, Sarri said “This time it will be more difficult…. Being mentally in the match at San Siro against Milan and in a knockout competition of the Italian Cup is simple, you must be able to be mentally in the game in races like tomorrow.”
The press also asked Sarri about the form of some of his players and one of the players that came into the discussion was Leonardo Pavoletti, the recent striker acquired from Genoa. When asked about Pavoletti, Sarri said “Pavoletti comes from a long period of inactivity, the hour of play in the Italian Cup has certainly helped him but to get in top condition, one must put minutes in.
We have to understand how to deal with your situation, especially for his own good. Leo is doing so far what I expected from him.” One also must note that Pavoletti has had several chances to net a goal for the Partenopei, but has not converted on any of them. The Most notable chance he had came against Spezia in the Coppa Italia, when he shot over an open net in the 87th minute. As of now, Pavoletti remains scoreless for Sarri and the Napoli squad.
Another player that came into the discussion was the left back who is getting targeted by teams like Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Bayern Munich, Faouzi Ghoulam. Ghoulam, the twenty-five old Algerian, has become a hot commodity for the Partenopei, and has top teams across Europe battling for his signature for a transfer. When asked if Ghoulam was ready to return to play. Sarri said “Ghoulam is a month in the African Nations Cup in which you play a totally different type of football, there are also feeding habits that are different. So will have to get used to our pace.” Ghoulam is an essential part of the Napoli squad, so viewers of the match tomorrow should expect an appearance of some sort from the Algerian.
Napoli plays a Palermo squad who is currently on a three-game losing streak, and in their past three matches against Napoli, Palermo has had a new manager for each match. Currently, Napoli is third in Serie A with forty-four points, and Palermo is in 19th and currently facing relegation with ten points. The two squads play tomorrow at the San Siro in Napoli, and the match will serve as a test of maturity for the Napoli Squad.