Walter Mazzarri can’t believe Napoli lost in Bologna after wasting so many scoring opportunities. “We crumbled psychologically.”
The Partenopei dominated the first half, but failed to score and were beaten 2-0 by two counter-attacks.
“It’s a shame, as I’ve been in football for a while and you start to read the signs,” said the Coach.
“We had so many chances that wouldn’t go in and hit the woodwork two or three times, then Bologna came out of their half once and scored. You understand there that it’s not your day.
“I am only sorry that in the second half we didn’t get back into the game and on 2-0 down we no longer played. I tried to fire up the players and motivate them, but you could see it had taken the wind out of their sails. It used to happen last season too, that psychologically we crumbled.
“We accept this defeat and move forward to the next. Playing the great football we did in the first half and still went 1-0 down, while it was hot and we hadn’t played in the afternoon for a while, you saw our energy levels collapsed.
“It was another counter-attack after the break, so at that point we lost it. It’s a shame, as considering the performance we should’ve been 3-0 up, but we made life complicated for ourselves.
“I had the sensation Bologna couldn’t score a goal, so evidently the team felt that way too and lost their concentration. We fell asleep at the back and were superficial, so paid the price for that.”
Napoli had been the favourites for third place, but have now dropped behind Udinese and Lazio, so must focus on the Europa League.
“We have got to try to beat Siena and that is it. We’ll see where we are at the end of the 90 minutes. We’ve dropped so many points along the way this season without deserving to.”
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