Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis sees a “good omen” ahead of tonight’s Champions League decider with Arsenal.
“It is decisive, but we had a good omen as our youth team went through today by beating Arsenal. It shows this Napoli side is working towards the future,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
The Partenopei need to beat Arsenal by three clear goals or improve upon Borussia Dortmund’s result against Olympique Marseille to stay in the competition.
De Laurentiis was asked whether Napoli were perhaps too focused on spectacle, as clean sheets have been hard to come by.
“Perhaps both I and Benitez are too wild! You have to give Rafa credit for doing well with the players he only just really started working with, as it’s a long-term project and let us not burn everything up straight away.
“You can see that other clubs with bigger budgets can still go out of the Champions League, so this is football.
“Will the project continue whether we qualify or not? Absolutely yes. Absolutely yes. My real concern is that the politicians are again dragging their heels over this law on building stadiums and I do not understand why politicians have to be in control of sport when they don’t understand it.”
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