Monday December 11 2017
RB Leipzig: 'Napoli one of the best'

RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff is not happy with the Europa League draw. “Napoli are one of the best teams who left the Champions League.”

The Round of 32 tie has the first leg at the Stadio San Paolo on February 15.

“It is certainly not an easy task, because Napoli are one of the best teams who dropped down from the Champions League,” Mintzlaff told TMW Radio.

“Having said that, we are ready to play and to do battle with Napoli. We are a club without a big history, who already achieved great things by reaching the Champions League preliminary round and then getting through the Europa League round.

“We haven’t set objectives, we play without expectations, but we are happy with this journey and to gain more and more experience, seeing as we are one of the youngest sides still in the competition.

“Napoli are a big club who in recent years have always been towards the top of Serie A, finishing third and second. They have very strong and experienced players who earned six points in a group against Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk, fighting to the end for qualification.

“Their forwards are extraordinary and they have far more experience than us. We’re happy with what we’ve done so far.”

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