Friday September 13 2019
Ancelotti: Everyone back for Napoli

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne are available for Napoli’s Serie A match against Sampdoria tomorrow.

Milik and Insigne had been struggling with injury, but Ancelotti announced before the game that the two forwards were in his plans, as was new boy Fernando Llorente. 

“They’ll all be available,” he said at a Press conference.

“Both Insigne and Milik are back in the squad, so I consider them available. The only uncertain one is Lozano.

“He too, however, has no particular problems. Now a series of important matches begins, and the first one is Sampdoria.

“We haven’t been thinking about Liverpool. There will be rotations in this run of games and I want to use all the players I have available because the squad allows me to.

“Every match is a risk. We’ve done badly in the defensive phase and everyone has rightly pointed that out, but no-one pointed out that we did very well in the attacking phase.

“Llorente has quality and different characteristics to all our other forwards. He’s a professional and made himself available to the team.

“Don’t be surprised if he starts tomorrow. Maybe not the whole game, but he could play from the beginning.

“Milik worked with the team yesterday. The problem he had in his abdomen has disappeared.

“His condition’s good, he had an injury that allowed him to still train physically. I’ll see about tomorrow. I’ll talk to him.

“We want to keep Mertens and Callejon because they’re reliable players in every sense. There’s my desire and that of the club to keep them.”

The Coach was then asked about Kalidou Koulibaly’s declaration that the Partenopei would win the Scudetto, as well as the controversy over dressing rooms.

“I like to hear players who say they want to win. We need to be able to create this kind of environment. It’s also very important for our young players.

“Inter had a transfer window that brought them enthusiasm. They’ve hired a very good Coach in Conte and they’ve started well.

“I consider them contenders to win the Scudetto. Juventus remain the favourites, but the League is more competitive this season.

“Napoli haven’t been left out and we’ve fought in recent years. We’re fighting to win, not finish second.

“Napoli have never made a big deal about season tickets to me, although I’ve never followed the statistics.

“We want to play a brand of football that’s passionate and fun so that the fans at the stadium come to watch us.

“After that, there’s the work that makes the stadium more comfortable, apart from the changing rooms, which will be ready tomorrow.

“A good job was done with regards to the rest. I didn’t see the dressing rooms myself the other day, but I sent my collaborator to see them.

“Our formation can be seen when we don’t have the ball. Napoli have never played in a 4-2-3-1.

“We always played 4-4-2 last season. We played 4-3-3 for a few minutes, but it’s not for certain that we’ll do so again. What I can assure you that we’ll almost always play 4-4-2.

“No-one likes to concede seven goals, but I don’t think anyone is happy that the dressing rooms aren’t ready one day before the match.

“Therefore, let’s try not to concede seven goals and complete the dressing rooms.”

Finally, the former Milan boss had his say on the racial abuse suffered by Inter striker Romelu Lukaku before the international break.

“We’re still at the start of the season and racism problems have already been highlighted. In fact, I’d say it’s more ignorance. We can’t confuse racism with sporting rivalry.”

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