Thursday February 22 2018
Insigne: 'RB Leipzig staff mocked me'

Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne accused the RB Leipzig assistant manager of “provoking” him during the final minutes of their Europa League tie.

The Partenopei lost the first leg 3-1 at home, but won 2-0 in Germany, going out only on away goals.

“The Leipzig assistant manager was provoking me,” Insigne told Sky Sport Italia.

“He was winking at me and sending kisses. He was mocking me. If you are winning the tie, you should shut up and respect your opponents. He was going over the top.”

The name of the assistant manager is Hungarian former player Zsolt Löw.

“I don’t think Leipzig did anything tonight, but it’s fair they go through, having won the first leg. It’s a pity. We were convinced that we had prepared this second leg very well, but our approach was completely wrong at home and the third goal was so avoidable.

“Tonight we showed our heart and character, so we can fight it out with anyone. We were more prepared in Europe than last season. It’s a shame, as we have such potential and could’ve gone all the way, but we made too many mistakes in the first leg.”