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Cannavaro praises Manolas and Koulibaly

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The former footballer believes both players could boost Napoli’s chances to win a UEFA Champions League tournament.

2006 Ballon d’Or winner Fabio Cannavaro believes Kostas Manolas and Kalidou Koulibaly can take Napoli “all the way in the UEFA Champions League.”

Manolas has been under Juventus, AC Milan, and Napoli’s radar, and for Cannavaro, this would change the whole game.

“If Napoli really wants a step up in quality, they need to do it with Manolas,” he told Football Italia.

“The Greece international in a partnership with Koulibaly would be exceptional.”

“They both know how to defend deep or higher up the pitch, from close quarters or when forwards run at them. They’re excellent in one-on-one situations,” he added.

“With two players like that, you can afford to commit more men to attack and create better scoring opportunities.”

Cannavaro explained: “The big clubs with center-backs who have these characteristics can go all the way in the Champions League.”

“I’m talking about Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane at Real Madrid, while Ajax came so close with Matthijs de Ligt.”