Carlo Ancelotti has challenged Napoli to make it an ‘unforgettable’ season and win the Europa League.
Napoli take on FC Zurich in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday, and Ancelotti made it clear his side would be taking the competition seriously.
“Some of our recent performances haven’t been good enough,” the Coach said at a Press conference.
“Unfortunately we’ve not been able to implement our game effectively enough. We must bear in mind that there are times when strikers go quiet: it’s happened to Milik, Insigne and Mertens.
“Sometimes we have to accept that during this process of implementation, there can be a lack of something. We have to be a little bit more precise.
“The Europa League could make our season unforgettable if we manage to win it. It’s a long competition, but we can go all the way.
“We can do more and that bit more can help us win the cup. Goalkeeper? The choice is linked to their condition.
“If Ospina is okay then he’ll play, otherwise there’ll be Meret. I believe this team have a bright future, in the sense that we have a fairly young group.
“It’is true that there are some experienced players, but there will be young players and the desire to always improve this team.
“I’m still convinced that we’re competitive as we are. Lots of people are saying this is a year of transition, but I don’t think so: there’s still so much we’ll be playing for over the coming months.”
Paris Saint-Germain beat Manchester United 2-0 in the Champions League last night, so does Ancelotti have any regrets?
“We couldn’t do any more than we did,” he affirmed.
“The result confirmed PSG could win the cup. Now there’s another competition that we must face with the same spirit, but we’ll go slowly and think of the last 32 first of all.”