Kalidou Koulibaly admits Napoli “really wanted to win against Milan and saw the Coppa Italia as a target,” so this defeat is damaging.
Krzysztof Piatek scored both goals in the opening half-hour of the 2-0 quarter-final result at San Siro.
“It’s a difficult moment, because we really wanted to win this game and saw the Coppa Italia as a target,” the defender told Rai Sport.
“We are disappointed to have started the match by conceding two avoidable goals. We put our heart and soul into it, but that was not enough.”
Now the Partenopei are out of the Coppa Italia, been bumped down to the Europa League from the Champions League and are 11 points adrift of Serie A leaders Juventus.
“We want to stay as close to Juve as possible, then there’s the Europa League and we’ll see what happens when we play FC Zurich. We need a reaction immediately, starting from the weekend against Sampdoria.”