Gennaro Gattuso didn’t get ahead of himself after the victory over Juventus. “We have to keep going like this, think of Napoli 24 hours a day.”
The coach had lost three of his first four Serie A games at the helm, but he managed to successfully neutralise leaders Juve to barely a single shot on target.
Piotr Zielinski and Lorenzo Insigne got the goals, with Cristiano Ronaldo setting up a tense finale, but they held on for their first league home win since October.
“I go home tonight and will still keep thinking about the defeat to Fiorentina, because that was just shocking. We beat two good teams now, fine, but we are still in trouble, still a long way back and need to keep pushing,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia.
This was their second big win of the week after knocking holders Lazio out of the Coppa Italia.
“I congratulate the lads for the work they’ve done over the last seven days, but we have to keep going like this now, do not let up, focus on Napoli 24 hours a day.
“We didn’t do that well in possession today, but did far better when covering, blocking off the passes and the overlapping runs were timed properly.
“I was angry at the Ronaldo goal, because we can’t let anything slip at the moment. People said two or three weeks ago that Meret couldn’t play with his feet, but he showed that with good work in training, you can learn and adapt.
“We haven’t really conceded that many goals since I arrived, other than from individual errors. I like to keep the ball not just for the sake of it, but to pressure the opposition, to go forward with numbers and gain something from it.
"We cannot afford right now to commit too many men forward at a time, as we aren't balanced enough.
“I haven’t been here long, but this team was a little masochistic, it damaged itself with certain attitudes and behaviour. We were jeered and insulted, often quite rightly, so it’s up to us now to turn things around.
“We’ve done nothing yet and I don’t trust us to keep this going. I don’t trust it. We have to keep the nose to the grindstone and carry on.”
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