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Spalletti: ‘It’s difficult to keep giving more’

Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti believes his team deserve a lot of praise, ‘because it is difficult to keep giving more every time.’ Goals from Victor Osimhen and Kvicha Kvaratskhelia sealed a 4-0 rout of Sassuolo earlier today, and speaking to DAZN after the game, Spalletti was quick to applaud the efforts of his players:

We need to applaud the squad for this run of results, because it is difficult to keep giving more every time, especially when the opponents prepare for you with double the usual focus. So I thank them, they truly deserve a lot of praise.

Today, I think we allowed Sassuolo too many chances. We took the 2-0 lead early on but perhaps we lost our usual precision, so even though we had the game under wraps, it wasn’t the same quality, and that is a risk because in a moment, things can turn things around. We must always have the same attitude.

This is a group of professionals, boys who enjoy their football and at the same time want to always go for the victory, who train really hard and with concentration. That is the key, wanting to find even more impressive passing lines than others are not able to see.

It all depends on the quality of the players. Constantly seeking the space and using it to score goals, that isn’t always in the same spot. It’s about timing, following the path of the ball, intuition and the genius of seeing those opportunities earlier than anyone else.

Kvaratskhelia ? He knows how to do everything, he is a very nice boy, he chased down his opponent today and covered well. He’s perfect. Sometimes strikers do not realise the importance of recovering a run or covering a space, but it can do so much for their teammates.

More attention for me? I don’t know, I don’t see the problem. Everyone ultimately deserves what they have proved. Some get better press than others, depending also on the rapport they have with the commentators and critics. I don’t really have time for that sort of thing.

Atalanta? That is probably the most difficult match so far, and if we get a result there it will be even more important, because so few emerge from there with full points. Against the qualities of that team, it is really difficult.”

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