Spalletti: "Ready for anything for Napoli, but when I see the clashes between the fans I feel like quitting"

Spalletti: "Ready for anything for Napoli, but when I see the clashes between the fans I feel like quitting"

NAPLES - The Champions League can wait. "We take on one match at a time, this is our philosophy and now we are focused only on the away match in Turin". Luciano Spalletti has already moved on after the Cup draw and is ready to dive back into the sprint for the Scudetto. "We will be judged at the end of the course for the seriousness and professionalism with which we will face him. Now a difficult opponent awaits us and I gladly talk about him, for the respect I owe and acknowledge to Juric's team. It will be a very demanding challenge. Il Toro he will not change his attitude towards us: as usual he will be asphyxiating in everything he does and not just in the non-possession phase. We will have to be ready for many very physical duels. The granata are playing an excellent championship and I have always had a lot of esteem for their technician and for the quality of his work”.

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But Napoli are flying and Spalletti does not want to limit himself. “As far as I'm concerned – he said on the eve of the away game in Piedmont – the unrepeatable year is the following one and not the current one. It can go on forever. The finish line is always what you can discover. We must never stop. I am 64 years old. I don't know how much longer I'll be on the bench, we'll see about that. If I think about the commitment of my team, as a coach, I would like to live my career forever. If, on the other hand, I think about what happened in the city before the match against Eintracht the other night, I would like to no longer participate in this type of situation." The incidents have shaken the Tuscan coach, who has launched another appeal to the Napoli fans. "They're back after two months away and their support is essential for us. I hope no more problems happen again. The team feels stronger with the crowd next to them. I was afraid when our supporters weren't able to accompany us away from home, the footballers always need that full ear and the support that comes from the curve”.

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Spalletti does not want shadows on the best moment of his career, which arrived after so many years of sometimes painful sowing. "I have this need and I have to hurry, I don't have much time and I have to give value to the things that come before me. I'm willing to do anything to complete them with Napoli". But the coach trusts his group. "It could happen that there is some owner different from the previous race. We get ready for every single match. We face them one at a time, we do the math at the end. The alternations depend on the shape of the individuals and on the characteristics of the opponent. I'm not afraid of making mistakes, I have all the players interested in the cause and very available from a physical and mental point of view. We spent a lot against Eintracht because everyone said the game was already won. Everyone was talking about an easy result and instead we had to play it and in mental conditions we were at a total disadvantage”. The turnover in the championship will still be limited, with the break just around the corner. Two of the most probable news: Elmas in midfield and Lozano in attack. The Scudetto is near and the Azzurri want to hold it in their hands as soon as possible. "There is fierce determination on the part of everyone. Kvaratskhelia had a swollen vein when he dribbled past his opponents and scored against Atalanta. When he arrived in Italy it wasn't always like this and that also applies to his team-mates." The leaders are hungry, far from full.

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