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Ancelotti is disappointed with Napoli

NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 18: Coach of SSC Napoli Carlo Ancelotti gestures during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between S.S.C. Napoli and Arsenal at Stadio San Paolo on April 18, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
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The manager says his team lacked motivation as they were defeated by Atalanta, and doesn’t like the way his team is playing in the second half of the season.

Atalanta defeated Napoli 2-1 in tonight’s Italian Lega Serie A fixture.

And the team’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is not happy with the way his team has been playing in the competition.

“We did very well for an hour, with a high tempo and pressing game, but after their equalizer and we’d wasted so many chances, we fell away, both physically and psychologically,” he was echoed by Football Italia.

“He played three games in a week, so I preferred to rest him for the next match. Insigne is a valuable member of the squad and we are waiting for him to rediscover his usual levels.”

He continued: “Considering Atalanta are very good in one-on-one situations, we tried to move Callejon more central and Mertens into a wider role, so we’d spread their defenders and midfielders.”

“We’ve lost something in the second half of the season. I don’t know if it’s because we lost players, but more than we lost motivation and spirit.”

“All we can do now is focus on securing second place and preparing for next season. The first half of our season was excellent and I am disappointed at the second half because this is a team that can and should do better,” he added.

“Once motivation goes, you go a bit slower to close down across or meet an assist. Football is an issue of moments and those seconds can make a huge difference.”

“There will be a few adjustments on the transfer market, but there are new players in my first season, there will be more newcomers, although the basic structure of the squad will remain the same,” Ancelotti concluded.