Juventus defeated Napoli 2-1 Saturday night thanks to Gonzalo Higuain’s winning goal against his former team.
After the match, Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri spoke to Mediaset Premium about the loss and Napoli’s performance.
“We did well enough throughout the match, but it’s clear that you pay for certain mistakes against Juve. In regards to the aspect of the performance, I would say it was good while a year ago we were timid. In this moment we put ourselves in the situation with our errors; when you make against Juve, you pay for them. Today the guys did not deserve the loss.
In respect to the other times, we looked to find gravity quickly, up front, instead of being slow we were a bit tired. I feel sorry that to have conceded the second goal because the midfield left the ball [undefended] on the rebound. I won’t talk about the first goal because it was an accident. Today, I am satisfied with the guys. The attempt to get back up [after being down 1-0] was there.”
Sarri spoke about Lorenzo Insigne’s substitution for Emanuele Giaccherini and Insigne’s reaction:
“When he comes out he needs to be quiet. If there is something he needed to say when he came out, it can be clarified tomorrow, but when he comes out he needs to be quiet. I put in Giaccherini because I saw Insigne weary and fatigued.”
The partenopei manager also answered questions about substituting Allan:
“He is resting more than last year. Today, he was not bad. I substituted him to have something extra for the offense being implemented in the midfield. Insigne played better than other times, but when he comes out, he must be quiet.”
The Napoli manager responded to questions about Higuain:
“When you are angry with your child you are angry, but he’s always still your son. Gonzalo has always behaved well, he is a person who has always been good to me. In 10 years, we’ll still here from each other, but it’s clear that his move to Juve angered me.”
Sarri commented on Napoli’s current squad build:
“Napoli has always fought for the top spots. We have always said that we are team that after the sale of Higuain, tried to create a future with younger players; if you want to win, get guys born in 1986 or 1987. We must grow in experience. If someone labels us as anti-Juve, it doesn’t interest us; we know what our objectives are.”
Napoli remain at 20 points and 3rd place in the Serie A standings at the end of Saturday night. The azzurri play Besiktas in Champions League action on Tuesday before playing Lazio in the Serie A next Saturday.