Lorenzo Insigne admits Napoli felt ‘extra motivation to pay homage to our idol’ Diego Maradona, but the 4-0 win over Roma ‘can also be a starting point.’
On such an emotional night, one of the last before the Stadio San Paolo is formally renamed the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, it was fitting that Neapolitan Insigne should curl in the opener with a Maradona-style free kick.
The Partenopei ran riot in the second half with goals from Fabian Ruiz, Dries Mertens and Matteo Politano.
“The atmosphere certainly gave us extra motivation, as we wanted to pay homage to our idol. It hurts and we cared more than ever tonight to put in a great performance for him and the city that is suffering,” Insigne told Sky Sport Italia.
It’s a result that puts Napoli in joint fourth place on 17 points with Juventus and Roma, just one behind Inter and Sassuolo.
“We approached this game in the best possible way, studied Roma carefully. We have a lot of quality, but at times make avoidable errors and don’t have the right mentality.
“I hope this can be a starting point, because if we play like this, we can cause serious problems for anyone. If we keep this up, with our feet on the ground, we can achieve great things.”