UEFA Europa League


Carlo Ancelotti praised his side for finishing the job against Zurich without letting their focus slip. Napoli went into the last-32 second leg in a comfortable position having won the first match in Switzerland 3-1 but they showed no signs of letting up as goals by Simone Verdi and Adam Ounas secured a 2-0 victory on the night.

"I'm happy with the result and above all with the attitude we showed. We didn't do anything exceptional but we were focused and determined. The mental side is the most important thing of all in matches like this and the team got it right.

Ancelotti then commented on Napoli's recent difficulties in front of goal before praising the evening's two goalscorers: "We're creating lots of chances in this period but we're not getting much return in terms of goals. It's down to us of course but part of it is luck too. The good thing is I see no selfishness in front of goal. In fact, if anything they sometimes need to be a bit more selfish. Verdi scored a lovely goal and an important one too as it broke the deadlock. At the moment the main thing is just getting it in. I'm always telling Adam he has to do special things. He's a very talented player and I expect to see the sort of football he showed tonight. He must make the most of his ability when he has the ball at his feet in the final third. I was very happy with his performance.

As the Azzurri wait to learn who their next European opponents will be, Ancelotti was keen to divert the focus back to domestic matters: "We'll see who we'll get in the next round but we know there are some very good teams in the Europa League. We must concentrate on Serie A for now though because we have some tricky matches coming up – first Parma and then Juventus.

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