Ancelotti happy with Napoli’s ‘attitude’ after Europa League win

NAPLES, ITALY - FEBRUARY 21: Coach of SSC Napoli Carlo Ancelotti gestures during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg match between SSC Napoli v FC Zurich at Stadio San Paolo on February 21, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with the way his side finished off FC Zurich to book their spot in the next round of the Europa League.

The Partenopei sealed a convincing 2-0 win over Zurich on Thursday night for the return leg of their last-32 tie to seal a place in the next round with a 5-1 aggregate win.

Despite already enjoying a comfortable advantage, Ancelotti warned Napoli not to underestimate Zurich beforehand and the players duly delivered with a strong display in front of their home supporters at the San Paolo Stadium.

Adam Ounas set up Simone Verdi for Napoli’s opener in the 43rd-minute of the match by providing a delightful chipped pass for the Italian forward to score his third goal of the campaign.

Ounas later finished off things for Napoli in the remaining 15 minutes by coolly slotting the ball into the back of the net.

“I’m happy with the result and, above all, with the attitude we showed,” Ancelotti told the club website.

“We didn’t do anything exceptional but we were focused and determined.

“The mental side is the most important thing of all in matches like this and the team got it right.

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“We’re creating lots of chances in this period but we’re not getting much return in terms of goals. It’s down to us of course but part of it is luck too.

“The good thing is I see no selfishness in front of goal. In fact, if anything they sometimes need to be a bit more selfish.

“Verdi scored a lovely goal and an important one too as it broke the deadlock. At the moment the main thing is just getting it in.

“I’m always telling Adam he has to do special things. He’s a very talented player and I expect to see the sort of football he showed tonight.

“He must make the most of his ability when he has the ball at his feet in the final third. I was very happy with his performance.”

Napoli will discover who they will face in the last-16 of the Europa League in today’s draw, which will begin at 1:00 PM (CET).

The Gli Azzurri will though be focusing their main efforts now on Sunday’s trip to Parma in the Serie A with leaders Juventus awaiting them the following weekend.

NAPLES, ITALY – FEBRUARY 21: Players of SSC Napoli celebrate the victory after the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg match between SSC Napoli v FC Zurich at Stadio San Paolo on February 21, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

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