Tuesday September 10 2019
ADL: Napoli must be 'angry'

Aurelio De Laurentiis claims Carlo Ancelotti did not have to play Napoli’s big names against Juventus and wants his players to be ‘very angry’.

Napoli thrashed European champions Liverpool 3-0 in a preseason friendly but lost 4-3 to Serie A rivals Juve before the international break.

“Sometimes it’s not necessary to respect hierarchies within a team,” De Laurentiis told Sky Sport Italia.

“Those who arrived late must leave room for those who completed preseason.

“Perhaps it was better to let those who did preseason with us play from the beginning, but I understand Ancelotti: it’s difficult to leave out the big names.

“We beat Liverpool in a friendly by a wide margin, but I wouldn’t want to give our fans any peace of mind.

“Our players must enter the field very angry, very focused, as if they were playing the game of the year.

“Every game must be the match of the year, only that way can our objectives be reached.”

The Partenopei President then denied he was vying for a position on the European Club Association’s Executive Board with Inter patron Steven Zhang.

“There was some wrong information being put out, which pitted Zhang and I in completely different roles.

“We respect eachother and we never competed for the same role. At best, we’d have reached an agreement beforehand.

“I’ve always been focused on the CCE, the Club Competition Committee, which determines the club competitions of the future.

“There’s a lot of work to be done and we’re already talking about the period 2024-27. There have been various possibilities, but the world is constantly changing and that will always bring about developments.

“We must be extremely careful when anticipating changes and never adapt because whoever adapts clearly does so too late, while those who progress can have an advantage.”

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