Wednesday March 6 2019
Rose: 'Napoli are vulnerable'

RB Salzburg Coach Marco Rose said “it’s an honour to face a team like Napoli in the Europa League, but they are vulnerable and we are ambitious.”

The first leg of the Europa League Round of 16 kicks off on Thursday at the Stadio San Paolo at 17.30 GMT.

“It is an honour to face off against a team like Napoli that has such huge potential, both as a squad and individually,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“However, they are also vulnerable and we want to use that to our advantage. There is no room for fear, as we are here to play football. Our side is very ambitious, we have many young players and will use great courage with lessons from the more experienced figures.

“We’ll see what happens here and then we can think about the second leg. The important thing is to put in a strong performance tomorrow so the tie is still wide open when we play on home turf.

“Obviously, we intend to defend courageously, but at the end of the day, the team that scores the most goals will go through.”

Ajax knocked Champions League holders Real Madrid out last night, so can RB Salzburg eye another upset?

“We do have some fairly similar philosophies, such as investing in youth and a strong pressing game, but there is also a rivalry between Austria and the Netherlands for European places.

“We want to win the domestic league and Austrian Cup, then go as far as possible in the Europa League.”

Veteran left-back Andreas Ulmer won’t rest on the laurels of knocking out Lazio and Borussia Dortmund from last season’s Europa League.

“Napoli are at a superior level to those two teams. We’ve got to focus only on this individual game.”

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