Friday August 23 2019
Ancelotti: Why Napoli signed Lozano...

Carlo Ancelotti has explained why Napoli signed Hirving Lozano ahead of a facing ‘very dangerous’ Fiorentina. “We don’t want specialists.”

Lozano finally completed a club-record move to Napoli on Friday, little over 24 hours before the Partenopei kick off their 2019-20 Serie A campaign at the Artemio Franchi.

“We’ve signed a very good player,” Ancelotti said at a Press conference.

“We’ve worked on bringing him in for some time. It wasn’t a simple deal, but he increases the quality in our attack.

“He’s a sincere and helpful lad, he had great desire to come here. He can play on the right, behind the striker, as a centre-forward and sometimes on the left.

“We were interested in that too. We like versatile players. We don’t want specialist players. He’s an attacker, but he’s also unpredictable.

“All of our new signings have shown great desire, and that makes us happy.”

The Coach was then asked about Mauro Icardi, who now looks like staying at Inter.

“I’m not interested in it. The club are on it. We have some competent directors. I’m only thinking about the team, and tomorrow we have an important and difficult opening fixture.

“Fiorentina are very dangerous, especially on the counterattack with Chiesa. They’ve changed a lot and above all we’ll be playing at a stadium with great enthusiasm, with new owners and new players.

“We want to win, but we’ll need to be focused.”

Napoli squad to face Fiorentina: Meret, Ospina, Karnezis, Chiriches, Di Lorenzo, Ghoulam, Hysaj, Koulibaly, Luperto, Maksimovic, Malcuit, Manolas, Mario Rui, Allan, Elmas, Fabian, Gaetano, Verdi, Zielinski, Callejon, Insigne, Mertens, Younes

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