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Ancelotti: ‘Lazio goal woke Napoli’

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Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti admits to feeling the nerves on his Napoli debut, but that the Lazio goal “woke us up”.

This was the first Serie A match in charge as Napoli manager for Ancelotti.

“I was nervous at the start, but then we all got into the game as time went on,” the Coach told DAZN, according to Football Italia.

“It was particularly special for me, because the Stadio Olimpico was my home as a player at Roma. I won so many games on that pitch.”

“I decided to come back because Napoli brings unique passion and enthusiasm. Plus this is a quality squad, despite what some might say.”

“We struggled a little towards the end, which was normal in the opening game of the season.”

“I wasn’t entirely convinced by the way we built up play, but again at this stage that is to be expected. We are trying to change things and it takes time, but the team is working hard.”

“The positive thing is that the players proved themselves a solid unit and were able to pull through a difficult moment together.”

“I was a little worried by the lack of intensity in the opening minutes, both attacking and defending. We wanted to press them but were too slow and sluggish. Their goal woke us up, we lifted the tempo and eventually deserved the victory.”