Napoli captain Marek Hamsik believes it’s essential that they start making up ground on Serie A leaders Juventus
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are second in the league table with 28 points and nine wins from 12 games this season.
Things have also been going well in Europe with Napoli top of Group C with Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain trailing behind.
However, Juventus are already six points ahead in the Serie A after having only dropped points on one occasion this term at home to Genoa.
The Bianconeri snatched the Serie A title from Napoli’s grasp last season and are looking good for an eighth straight crown this time around.
And Hamsik admits they must start closing the gap after the international break on Juventus, whilst confirming their last-16 spot in the Champions League.
“We had a start with difficult matches, in the Champions League too,” Hamsik told sport.aktuality.sk.
“We’re in a good place, even if Juventus are already a bit ahead. After the international break we’ll try to get to the Champions League Last 16, and reduce the gap to Juventus.”
Hamsik is yet to either score a goal or add an assist in his 12 appearances for Napoli this season.
“On a personal level I haven’t had a perfect start, but I’ve improved a lot in the new role,” admitted Hamsik.
“The coach [Carlo Ancelotti] noticed that things weren’t going exactly as they should and slightly tweaked the system.
“I think Napoli are once again showing the strength we had, getting good results and performances.”
Napoli will face Chievo Verona at home in a Serie A game on November 25 after the international break.