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Ancelotti – any player that doesn’t train hard, doesn’t play

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Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti says it’s not only Lorenzo Insigne who will be benched if they don’t perform in training, the same goes for everyone.

In an interview reported by Football Italia, Ancelotti referred to recent comments by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Ancelotti insinuated that some of it was simply the press lying. However, he has confirmed the tough disciplinarian stance he takes with his players.

He also feels that they are sdefinelty in contention for success in Serie A if they perform to their full potential.

The Italian master tactician is focused on his team, and not other people’s words or that of the press.

He said:

“I’ve always said that I feel good at Napoli.”

“But today the priority isn’t to talk about my renewal, rather it’s the team’s situation and run of fixtures we have coming up.”

“I don’t feel like commenting on the President’s words, but they were things he said from the heart, maybe even a bit strong for some of the players.”

“He clarified several things. A lot of lies came out and all the draft made me cold.”

Despite some problems along the way, he is happy and fully supportive of Insigne.

He added:

“Insigne made a great start to the season.”

“His position changed a bit, then there was a moment of confusion and De Laurentiis pointed this out.”

“For the team and I, he’s hugely important.”

“When he’s calm and happy, he gives his best. When he has a shadow over him, he can’t bring out all his potential.”

Ancelotti expects everyone to train appropriately or there will be consequences.

He continued:

“I told him that when I put him in the stands against Genk.”

“It was a strong gesture, but now he’s training calmly and he’ll do well in this run of matches.”

“He behaved poorly and didn’t train properly. The same thing happened to Younes.”

“Whoever doesn’t train well doesn’t play. The players know this.”

Napoli currently sits fourth in Serie A, and top of Champion League Group E, after beating Liverpool.

It has not been a bad start to the season for Ancelotti’s men, but he will be looking for improvements from certain players.

Especially if they are to make a push to compete with Inter and Juventus for the Scudetto and to make the later stages in European competition.

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NAPLES, ITALY – APRIL 22: Lorenzo Insigne of SSC Napoli on the bench during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Atalanta BC at Stadio San Paolo on April 22, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
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