Napoli beat Sampdoria 2-1 at the Stadio San Paolo on Saturday night thanks to two late goals.
Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina spoke to Rai after the match. Reina said the win is good for their confidence. The Spanish keeper also made sure to mention that Lorenzo Tonelli, who scored the game-winner in the 95th minute, deserved the goal in his Napoli debut.
“Sometimes, you can even win in this way,” Reina said. “It is an important step for our mentality. The win should give us confidence, and we have to understand that sometimes it has to be this way. We tried to win until the end and then, a guy who deserved it most scored.”
Napoli struggled during the first half, and went down 1-0 on an own goal. Rai asked Reina what caused the club difficulties in the first half.
“Without looking for excuses, it was a game that was affected a lot by the state of the field,” Reina said. “We usually take care of the ball, but we lost many balls in our half of the field. In the second half, we played higher on the pitch and with an extra man, it was more simple. But, they caused us difficulty.”
There was controversy in the second half of the match when Sampdoria’s Matias Silvestre was sent off. Silvestre picked up two yellow cards and the second involved Reina. The keeper tried to kick the ball deep and Silvestre seemed to impede the keeper on his way. Rai asked Reina if he was indeed fouled by the blucerchiati defender.
“I think so,” Reina said. “I didn’t kick the ball because he was right beside me. For me, it is a clear foul. He touched me a moment with his right leg in which I lost time for the delivery. From the images you can’t see it well, but I felt that way.”
Rai asked the former Liverpool keeper if he thought the second yellow card was excessive.
“It was his [the referee’s] opinion. It seems right to me.”
The player also answered Rai’s question, which asked if Napoli is locking into Roma.
“In the last five games we have won four and drawn one,” Reina explained. “Napoli is present and will be present. It was important to start the year by winning.”