Thursday September 17 2015
Sarri: ‘Still some Napoli downsides’

Coach Maurizio Sarri still saw ‘some downsides’ for his Napoli side in the 5-0 win over Club Brugge.

The Partenopei crushed the Belgian side at San Paolo for their first win of the season, with Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon getting a brace each, and Marek Hamsik finishing off the scoring.

“I saw positive things,” Sarri told assembled media in his post-match Press conference.

“But we lost our focus too easily. I saw what I expected, a lot of positive aspects and some downsides.

“The team needed consistency, as we’d been offering good play for portions of previous games. That cost us something in terms of points, but tonight we were more ruthless.

“After 1-0 we gave very little away, and our opponents were less incisive than the previous games I’ve watched.

“Maybe that was down to the weather, the conditions may have favoured us and not them.”

Lorenzo Insigne has been one of the Vesuviani’s best players this season in a trequartista role in Sarri’s 4-3-1-2 shape.

However, after the tactician switched to a 4-3-3 for tonight’s game, is he facing a selection headache?

“Insigne has shown he can also play as a winger. Now he’s doing well as a trequartista, he’s a less problematic player in that respect. He can do well in both roles, it’s a situation to be assessed.

“Maybe [Manolo] Gabbiadini and [Gonzalo] Higuain have sacrificed themselves to play wide, as their characteristics are those of a central striker.

“Tonight the defence gave us a hand, and the attackers were fresher in Callejon and Mertens. But honestly, I made this choice [to change formation] 10 days ago."

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