Thursday February 21 2019
Ancelotti: 'Ounas must use talent'

Carlo Ancelotti urged Adam Ounas to “make the most of that talent on the ball” and praised the Napoli approach as they beat Zurich 2-0 in the Europa League.

The Partenopei had a 3-1 first leg lead under their belts, but made sure of qualification with Ounas providing an assist for Simone Verdi and scoring the second himself.

“We reached our objective and I am satisfied,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia after qualifying for the Round of 16.

“The most important aspect in this type of game is the approach, the professionalism and focus. We didn’t do exceptional things tonight, but everyone showed the right approach.

“Ounas did something very special on the goal and when he’s got the ball, he has to do special things. There aren’t many who can create something out of nothing and he is one of them, so he has to make the most of that talent when he’s on the ball, because he is capable.

“Verdi’s goal was a good move with the right sense of timing in the passes. It’s a sign that this team has quality and can use it well. We’ve created so many chances lately and not scored enough of them. Part of that was down to bad luck, but if we only talk about luck, then our work becomes futile.

“The positive is that we don’t waste chances because of egotism. If anything, we are too altruistic and try for an extra pass rather than go for goal. Fixing an excess of altruism is much easier than an excess of egotism.

“Perhaps the poor finishing is also because we work so hard in pressing and defending that we lose sharpness in front of goal.”

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