Maurizio Sarri maintains Napoli are back on track in terms of performance after their 0-0 draw with Fiorentina. “We created many chances.”
A victory would’ve put the Partenopei on top of the table, as Inter were held by Juventus last night, but they again failed to score from open play.
“Our first half was a little tense, we made more mistakes than usual, but in the second created many chances. We didn’t put the ball in the net, but did create the chances in the final third,” Sarri told Mediaset Premium.
“It was a good performance, we were up against a Fiorentina side in good shape that countered dangerously and I see it as a comforting performance in terms of mentality, approach and once we shook off that initial tension, we had some really clear-cut chances.”
Dries Mertens has scored only once in the last eight games, while Lorenzo Insigne was sorely missed.
“We only have to worry when we don’t create chances, but now we are creating them. I was worried by Wednesday’s performance against Feyenoord, not this one.
“The best chances landed at the feet of Piotr Zielinski, who is not the kind of player who scores often. It’s the kind of game where if you win 1-0, everyone says Napoli have found themselves again.
“I saw intensity, tempo and fast passing in the second half. We went through a rough period, but today I saw that movement off the ball again and we just didn’t take any of the six or seven clear chances we created.
“Compared to the last few matches, we created opportunities with greater ease.”
Insigne is out with a groin problem, missing both the Feyenoord game and Fiorentina, but when will the Italy international be available again?
“Insigne is undergoing treatment and we’ll see when he is able to resume training, but any date for a comeback I give you now would be a wild guess.
“Adam Ounas is a player with a lot of talent and a lot of issues, because French football is very different to what we see in Italy. We’re working on it, above all to improve his defensive movements.
“We don’t always play the same XI, it’s just that we are missing Arkadiusz Milik and therefore the forwards have no alternatives. Other than that, Zielinski, Allan, Jorginho and Amadou Diawara have all played more or less the same amount.”