Napoli’s move in the Coppa Italia had to stop in the round of 16, after they were defeated by Fiorentina with a score of 5-2, Friday (14/1) early morning WIB.
Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti admits he was frustrated at not being able to take advantage of the player’s lead from the start of the second half, before two players Parthenopei Hirving Lozano and Fabian Ruiz were finally sent off in the final minutes of normal time.
Napoli was actually able to equalize to 2-2 at the end of the match and forced Fiorentina to compete until the extra round.
But instead The Viola who was able to add three goals to take them through to the next round.
“We didn’t do as well as we should have done and didn’t manage to control the game when we were ahead, while Fiorentina handled the situation better and then took the lead with a scheme which I think was lucky,” Spalletti told reporters. Sport Mediaset.
“I don’t want to talk about the red card, because it’s hard to explain.”
“Lozano tried not to tackle, but he ended up hitting him but it wasn’t exactly a red card.”
“I don’t understand whether Fabian’s yellow card and Alfred Duncan’s foul can be treated in the same way.”
“Having said all that, we had extra players for half the game and didn’t control them, so that’s the responsibility of all of us.”
Spalletti insisted that there was nothing positive he could take from the match. Moreover, coupled with striker Victor Osimhen testing positive for Covid-19 and his injury in November, making the attack line Parthenopei feels less sharp.
“I do not see it [hal positif], everything is very bad. These are the same players who were on the pitch three days ago, some coming back after ten days out.”
“We have to play the same players again in three more days. The games are piling up and we don’t have many players available at the moment.”
“[Osimhen] I hope to be with us on Monday, we need to evaluate our strategy and find ways to make the most of him.”