Ancelotti far from impressed despite a huge win

NAPLES, ITALY - MARCH 07: Coach of SSC Napoli Carlo Ancelotti gestures during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 First Leg match between S.S.C. Napoli and Red Bull Salzburg at Stadio San Paolo on March 7, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Carlo Ancelotti was critical of Napoli’s display despite claiming a 3-0 Europa League victory over RB Salzburg citing that there were avoidable mistakes.

The Naples’ side were dominant in their 3-0 triumph which has put them in the driving seat to seal a spot in the Europa League quarter-finals.

Goals from Milik, Ruiz and a wicked Onguene own goal ensured the victory for Ancelotti’s men but they have Alex Meret to thank for keeping a clean slate.

Napoli will be without the duo of Koulibaly and Nikola Maksimovic due to suspension leaving them with Vlad Chiriches and Sebastiano Luperto as the options at centre-back.

“It was a foul playing out from the back that could’ve been avoided. I am not worried about their absence, as we have reliable centre-backs, but I was more concerned with the lack of balance in the final stages.

“It’s a good result, there are still 90 minutes to play and we cannot make calculations. We did some things well, some not so well, and we’ve got to work on those,” the Coach told Sky Sports Italia.

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“We allowed some dangerous counter-attacks and through runs that at 3-0 we really could’ve avoided. We can be impenetrable when we defend well, but we get too exuberant and try to push forward.

“Salzburg have proved they’ve got great pace and stamina, so we need to be on alert. We need to score at least a goal in the second leg, otherwise, we’ll run risks.”

Ancelotti was asked if he had seen his old club Paris Saint-Germain lose to Manchester United last night, going out of the Champions League despite winning the first leg 2-0 at Old Trafford.

“It was incredible. Incredible. If I had been on the PSG bench, I don’t know what I would’ve done. Probably find the closest bridge and jump off it.”

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