Friday February 21 2020
Gattuso: 'We had sterile possession'

Napoli coach Rino Gattuso says his side had "sterile possession" against Brescia which made him "angry".

The Partenopei came from a goal down away to the Rondinelle to seal a 2-1 win.

Gattuso spoke to Sky Sport Italia after the game, and says the first half performance wasn’t up to standard.

“What did I say to the team at half-time? Let’s go to the next question that is better. Here the team won in the 94th minute,” Gattuso told Sky sport Italia.

“We had watched many videos, we knew what we would find against Breacia, we were having sterile possession of the ball.

“I saw two or three players lifting their hands, looking for explanations. On these issues it annoyed me because in Serie A there are no easy games.

“I put my helmet on and got angry.”

Napoli now face Barcelona in the Round of 16 in the Champions League next week.

“There are 13 games left until the end of the season and to get into Europe you have to gain another 27-28 points.

“At the moment we are close to getting into the Europa League, and this is important.

“Barcelona are a great side, but we will play our cards.”

Napoli conceded a goal to Brescia in the first half, and Gattuso was asked what didn’t work in the opening period.

“We were missing that cutting edge in the last 20 metres. When Dries Mertens had the ball there were was little movement from Elif Elmas and Fabian Ruiz. Lorenzo Insigne and Matteo Politano were already in the middle.

“In the second half instead we moved without the ball and we got more men in the penalty box.”

Gattuso was then asked if he is looking forward to the game against the Catalans.

“Don’t make me think about it, leave me in peace. The problem is that when I talk to my colleagues who are a few years older than me, I ask them if they sleep.

“They say to me that with time it will pass, instead it doesn’t. But I must say that it is a beautiful sensation.”

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