Ancelotti on transfers and Coppa Italia hopes

BERGAMO, ITALY - DECEMBER 03: SSC Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti looks on during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and SSC Napoli at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on December 3, 2018 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Carlo Ancelotti is keen on landing a silverware at Napoli after admitting he has set his sights firmly on the Coppa Italia ahead of their Round of 16 match with Sassuolo

Ancelotti is set to ring the changes ahead of the tie with Raul Albiol, Dries Mertens, Simone Verdi, and Marek Hamsik all unavailable

“Allan and David Ospina won’t start tomorrow because they had permission from the club to stay in South America a little longer, so they haven’t trained much,” explained the Coach in his Press conference via Football Italia.

This comes amid growing rumours of Paris Saint-Germain offering up to €80m for the Brazilian midfielder.

“I am not afraid of losing Allan, as the club wants to remain competitive. We are just evaluating the possibility of loaning a player or two out, as Amin Younes and Vlad Chiriches are returning from injury and we don’t want the squad to be too large.

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“I don’t foresee any big moves in the January transfer market. Let’s not try to hide the fact Marko Rog is the most likely to be loaned out.”

Napoli crashed out of the Champions League, but Ancelotti hopes to go far in the Coppa Italia, starting with Sassuolo.

“We have a competitive squad and want to be ready on all fronts. I hope the stadium will be full, because a tournament with one-off games means you can go all the way with just a few victories.

“This is one of the two competitions where we are on the same level as everyone else, whereas in Serie A we’ve got to make up the gap.

“In the Coppa, it’s five games, so 450 minutes of football, that’s hardly an infinite sum. If we do well, we can aspire to lift the trophy. We’re underestimating nothing and we’re concentrated on this competition.”


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