Andrea Stramaccioni is “not falling for talk of Napoli in crisis” and instead warns Udinese have injuries.
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“I can say straight away that I am not falling for this talk of a Napoli side in crisis,” the Udinese Coach said in his Press conference.
“Anyone who saw Napoli’s defeat to Chievo will know they could’ve won it comfortably. They have a quality side and for me are one of the top contenders with Juventus for the Scudetto.
“Having dropped three points behind Roma and Juve in the table will no doubt have fired them up. They cannot afford another slip-up, but I repeat I do not think they are in crisis.
“Udinese must improve in terms of mentality and awareness of our capabilities. I was angriest at Juve’s second goal against us, as we proved after the break that we have quality. That second half performance is what we must build on.
“I always ask my team to ‘give their lives’ on the pitch. It has to be tough for everyone to face Udinese at home.”
Stramaccioni confessed to a tactical problem, as Luis Muriel will be dropped because he doesn’t form a good partnership with Antonio Di Natale.
“Muriel was substituted against Juve because of a tactical issue. We’re without Domizzi and Gabriel Silva, while Pasquale is in doubt and I thank him for gritting his teeth to play in Turin. It means we have chronic injuries focused on the left flank.”
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