Carlo Ancelotti urges Napoli to go all-out for victory

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti expects 100% from his players for Thursday’s return leg against Red Bull Salzburg, despite their 3-0 aggregate lead.

The Partenopei secured a comfortable first-leg 3-0 victory at the Stadio Olimpico last week following goals from Arkadiusz Milik, Fabian Ruiz and an own goal by Jerome Onguene.

Napoli will travel to Austria for the return leg needing to only avoid losing by more than two goals to ensure their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

But, for Ancelotti, only another win against Salzburg will be good enough for his Napoli team.

“3-0 was a good result, but tomorrow we’ll only think about playing to the best of our ability, trying to win again,” said Ancelotti, as quoted by Football-Italia.

“Nothing will change in terms of our attitude. We’re here to give our best, without making calculations.”

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Napoli were held to a 1-1 draw at Sassuolo last Sunday and needed Lorenzo Insigne to come to the rescue by scoring a late equaliser.

While they avoided defeat, however, Napoli lost even further ground to Juventus in the Serie A title race and now sit 18 points heading into the final 11 matches.

“In the last 10 minutes of the first leg, we gave away too many chances. That wasn’t good. I didn’t talk to the team after the game against Sassuolo,” continued Ancelotti.

“All the players were disappointed but now we have to look ahead, although it’s clear that when you play a league match between two cup games, it becomes a bit more difficult, both physically and mentally. I think that’s why we gave a disappointing performance.

“The pitch seems good to me and I expect a good game at a welcoming stadium. There will be a great atmosphere.”

The Salzburg and Napoli game will begin at 6:55 PM (CET) at the Red Bull Arena in Austria.

REGGIO NELL’EMILIA, ITALY – MARCH 10: Lorenzo Insigne ( not framed) of SSC Napoli scores the goal 1-1 during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo and SSC Napoli at Mapei Stadium – Citta’ del Tricolore on March 10, 2019 in Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)


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