Friday December 14 2018
Allan: ‘Elimination hard to accept’

Napoli midfielder Allan admits their Champions League exit is “hard to accept” but “there’s still the Europa League”.

The Partenopei were eliminated on goals scored on Tuesday night, after losing 1-0 at Liverpool to leave the two teams level on points, head-to-head and goal difference.

“It was hard to accept the elimination from the Champions League,” Allan told Sky.

“It wasn’t an easy group and we gave everything we had, but we’re disappointed.

“The match at Anfield is hard to explain, we didn’t manage to do what we know we can. We go out with our heads held high, aware that we gave everything, but that was our worst game in the group.

“We played for qualification until the last minute, and we’re disappointed because we wanted to go to the next round.

“On Sunday we have the chance to forget Liverpool right away, then there’s still the Europa League and the Coppa Italia to play for.

“We’ll find a lot of good teams in the Europa League, but we can fight to the end.

“The dream is to be able to win something for our fans, who really deserve it.

“Now we have a few games until the winter break, and we’ll try to stay within touching distance of Juventus, who have swept the board in recent years.

“We want to honour this shirt as best we can.”

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