Maurizio Sarri admits that Leipzig’s third goal in last week’s Europa League Round of 32 clash proved decisive.
Napoli were defeated 3-1 at the Stadio San Paolo last Thursday, and as a result of this, the Partenopei had to score three goals without reply in order to progress through into the next round of the Europa League. Despite a fantastic 2-0 win at the Red Bull Arena, Napoli were eliminated from the Europa League on the away goals rule.
Sarri praised his side after the match in his post match interview:
“There is a little bit of regret, but the team showed it has character and that could be decisive for us at the end of the season. We made a huge mistake in the first leg, treating the last minute of the match as if it were the final minute of extra time. We paid for that final goal.”
In spite of his side’s elimination, Sarri commented on how far his Napoli side has come since he took over from Rafa Benitez in 2015.
“The team gave a strong response and that is a good message for the League. At times, we all go for it a little too much. In the first leg we did not do well. We will take the important side to this story, that we have character. The good thing is that we will have more time to train. This club has achieved extraordinary results over these years.
From this evening’s game, you can take the positive that there is still one objective as in Italy, for the last six years nobody has ever fought it out with Juventus. Obviously everyone wants to win and so do we, but it should be recognised how much we have done. The pressure needs to be logical, it can’t become illogical. If we manage to make the people of Naples happy, it will be the greatest source of happiness for us. I want to thank the fans who came tonight. Of all the things we have done, the best has been the love between the fans and team.”