Speaking after watching his Napoli side draw 0-0 with Roma at the Olimpico, Luciano Spalletti described what he viewed as a "wonderful game".
"Both teams turned in displays of real strength – we were evenly matched. We both tried to go for the win without ever losing balance," he said.
The coach continued: "There weren’t many chances but there was real intensity in the play. Both Napoli and Roma sought the win with the qualities they have and it turned out to be a great contest.
"This is the attitude we need to demonstrate – today we pushed to come out on top. The team is expressing itself well and deserves its position in the table.
"This was a tough match, against a side looking to bounce back in front of very warm support. We stood up to that challenge and tried to impose ourselves, with the right mentality."