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Simeone: ‘Whichever team touches us, we will be ready’

Napoli forward Giovanni Simeone is unconcerned about I Partenopei’s possible opponents within the Champions League.

So far this season, Napoli have gone against all the odds as they have managed to maintain an unbeaten status within the Serie A as the league-leaders attained ten wins, two draws, and zero defeats within the first 12 fixtures.

In addition, Spalletti’s man have sealed first place within Group A of the Champions League after winning all their matches except for their recent 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

With Napoli securing the top spot, the Serie A giants can possibly draw PSG, Brugge, Frankfurt, Leipzig, and Dortmund as opponents within the knockout phase of the tournament.

In an interview with Italian media station Radio Kiss Kiss, via Tuttomercatoweb, the Argentine striker provided is thoughts on the upcoming Champions League play-offs as well as his team’s performance thus far:

The draw is on Monday, PSG is in the second tier. Would it be better to avoid it or more fascinating to face it?

“The draw will be nice to see, to understand who can touch you. But all the teams that are left are the strongest. PSG, Borussia Dortmund are strong teams, capable of fighting with anyone. We hope to do well and to do well. fight to win them all. Whichever team touches us, we will be ready to show which team Napoli is and show who we are. “

You don’t play a lot, but you practically score a goal per game. You are happy?

“We are only at the beginning, I have been here for a few months and I am very happy to work with this group and to grow with every training session. The group makes me grow, my teammates show me things that I may not have seen before. I have recently been here. I learned with experience that quality is more important than how much you can play. Then it is obvious that one wants to play more to have more chances to do well, to score, but I am very happy to help the group with the time that touches me. . If they need me, I’m there. “

How good is Mario Rui at providing you with those assists?

“He has incredible quality and vision. When a player, especially a full-back, has time to stop and see the attacker’s movement, it becomes easier for an attacker. Look at the first goal with Rangers: it was Di Lorenzo who scored me that. pass for the net. In this team, in the big teams that want to reach the top, you need strong full backs. Full backs who know how to play, who know how to cross, who know how to build. Today the full backs are the ones who make the most difference in field and we have great full backs. This thing is very important for us. “

Is Atalanta-Napoli a pinch more important than the other matches, given the ranking?

“For me it is very important. I think it makes a lot of difference with these three points, even if the championship is long and you have to stay calm. Every game counts, every time the three points are very important. But this path is long, against whoever counts. the three points and show that we are always there. For me it is very important to make others understand that Napoli is what we have seen so far. “

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