Tuesday November 21 2017
Insigne: 'Napoli always believed'

Lorenzo Insigne insists Napoli “believed” in their Champions League chances and continue to trust in Manchester City after beating Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0.

“We believed from the start of the game, we knew it was important to get the result and we hope all the sacrifices will have been worth it in the end,” Insigne told Mediaset Premium.

A victory keeps them in the running, but in order to finish ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk on head-to-head records, they need to beat Feyenoord and hope Manchester City win in Ukraine.

“We wanted the three points at all costs. We know it doesn’t only depend on us, but we hope City will beat Shakhtar and we can get our result away to Feyenoord.”

Insigne broke the deadlock with a stunning long-range curler into the far top corner, remarkable considering reports he could miss out with a knee injury.

“My knee was a little sore, but it was nothing that bad. I don’t know who said I was in doubt, because I never really was.”

Maurizio Sarri relies heavily on Insigne, although sacked Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura dropped him for the World Cup play-off against Sweden.

“I thank the Coach, as since the first day he has always put his faith in me and I tried to repay him with performances, goals and assists. I’ll never stop putting myself at the disposal of the Coach at any moment of the match.”

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