Arrigo Sacchi tells Napoli they are “right to privilege the Champions League” ahead of games with Lazio and Manchester City.
The Partenopei could rest some players for Saturday’s Serie A match, as next week they have a potentially-decisive showdown with Roberto Mancini’s men.
“It is difficult, if not impossible, for Napoli to avoid distraction against Lazio,” Sacchi told Radio Kiss Kiss.
“The Champions League necessarily has to be given more importance compared to the domestic tournament, so they are right to privilege it.
“It can bring you such international fame, experience and economic rewards. In any case, in Italy if you don’t get results then you are always considered to be wrong. Squad rotation is not the only rule, as it all depends on the psychological and physical state of your players.
“Napoli are currently paying the price that all clubs do, even those who are used to competing in Europe for 30 years. The Azzurri perhaps pay a little more, as it is clear their players are not accustomed to the emotional drain this competition requires.
“I hope that Napoli can achieve the fantastic result of qualifying from the Group of Death. I tell the fans to enjoy this team whatever the outcome, as they have given so much and deserve all our respect and admiration.”
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