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Spalletti: ‘Guardiola’s comments are a game’

Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti was pleased with his team’s 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt but dismissed Pep Guardiola’s comments about the club: ‘It’s a game to put pressure on other teams.’ It was a defiant performance from the Partenopei after troubling scenes in Naples earlier in the day that saw what appeared Eintracht ultras fighting with riot police in various parts of the city.

Speaking with Amazon Prime (as quoted by SportItalia), Spalletti hailed the team’s performance and once again singled out Victory Osimhen following his brace this evening:

“This is a great result, it becomes essential to maintain the attitude we had tonight. At the beginning we did not have the quality we always had, but we did not concede anything and we were lucid.”

Do Guardiola’s compliments make you proud? (Guardiola had previously said Napoli were the best team in Europe)

“No, they don’t make me proud, it’s a little game he plays, everyone knows it, to put the pressure on other teams. If Manchester City spends 900 million and we spend 9 million there must be a reason.”

Osimhen has not only changed on the attacking end of his game, he has also improved a lot in helping the team:

“Osimhen is a very strong footballer who has great solo performances. Against Atalanta he was helpful. Playing a clean game, getting the team fired up is a key attitude.”

On the team’s performance:

“In the beginning we lost a few passing lines, but in the second half both Kvara and Politano understood to get back into the pitch more, a mezz’ala dropped back and we had more opportunities to get out. In addition, Glasner’s tactical change from the first leg made it difficult for us.”

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