Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has promised his team will be back next season “renewed” following their Europa League exit at the hands of Arsenal.
The Italian’s hopes of becoming only the seventh coach to win both the Europa League and Champions League came to an end on Thursday as Napoli fell to a 1-0 second leg defeat to Arsenal in their quarter-final tie.
It meant that the Partenopei lost the tie 3-0 on aggregate and will go the entire campaign without silverware.
Nevertheless, Ancelotti retains faith in his players despite a somewhat disappointing first season at the San Paolo.
“I still believe that the squad is full of quality. The players have done all they could but this is football,” said Ancelotti, according to Fox Sports.
“At times not everything goes your way. We tried, we look forward, there won’t be drama from the players or the club, everyone is united and is trying to bring the club further forward from what we’ve done this season.
“I don’t think Napoli have managed to reach many quarter-finals in European competitions in the past, so our objective is always to improve.”
The former AC Milan and Real Madrid manager will now turn his focus on to sealing the runners-up spot in the Serie A.
Currently, Napoli hold a seven-point lead over third-place Inter Milan heading into the final six games.
However, Ancelotti did promise there will be a revitalised Napoli for next season.
“Obviously we are very disappointed to go out of the Europa League. We’ve failed in this objective and we know it was going to be difficult,” continued the 59-year-old.
“We know there are no Italian teams in the semi-finals of European competitions. We knew from the start it would be tough.
“This season, on our results, we think we should finish second in Serie A. That’s not too little for us.
“We need to prepare well for next season knowing the team has been renewed, and it will be renewed for next season.”
Napoli will host Atalanta at the San Paolo next Monday in the Serie A.