Saturday December 23 2017
Sarri: 'Samp tried to play'

Maurizio Sarri praised both the Napoli comeback in a 3-2 victory and Sampdoria for taking the lead twice. “They’re the only team who tried to play football.”

The Partenopei twice came back from a goal down at the Stadio San Paolo to snatch it with Marek Hamsik.

“It was a game packed with incidents that didn’t go our way,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

“We conceded after 120 seconds on a free kick from 35 metres out that you don’t see often, then a penalty and a red card. It could’ve become a really tough afternoon and a mountain to climb.

“In terms of character, the lads did well, but physically both Napoli and Samp kept a crazy tempo in the first half. I have to say Sampdoria are the only team who came here and really tried to play football, and that’s because they have a great Coach in Marco Giampaolo.

“There were a few errors in defence and we paid a heavy price for them.”

Marek Hamsik made history with his 116th goal in a Napoli jersey, surpassing Diego Armando Maradona’s tally of 115.

“Hamsik has always been an extraordinary player for us. If he doesn’t score for three or four games, you can’t begin doubting his quality. We focus on individual games, but the record is really impressive.

“Allan has always been important with the transitions, but what’s surprising is how much the quality of his football is improving, as he rarely misplaces a pass.

“It’s a pity Dries Mertens didn’t score again, but he is putting in plenty of assists, so we needn’t worry.”

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