Italian forward Lorenzo Insigne revealed that Napoli aim to “go all the way” in this season’s Europa League.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side booked their place in the next round of the competition following Thursday’s 2-0 win against Swiss side FC Zurich in the return leg of their Round of 32 tie.
Simone Verdi gave Napoli a first-half lead for his third goal of the campaign after being set-up by Adam Ounas, who then scored the second goal in the remaining 15 minutes by coolly slotting the ball into the back of the net.
The result ensured Napoli’s place in the last-16 of the Europa League with a 5-1 aggregate win.
Now the Partenopei, who will take on RB Salzburg in the next round, are being viewed as one of the strong favourites to win the tournament in what would be their first European title since the 1988/89 UEFA Cup.
“We played with the right determination,” Insigne told Radio Kiss Kiss.
“[Carlo] Ancelotti told us to stay focused and get at them right from the start. We did that and now we’re confident we can keep this European run going.
“We have a great group of players here and we believe in our potential. We work hard and I know what sacrifices we’ve made over the years to keep improving.
“Now we have the chance to challenge for a big trophy and we’ll do everything we can to go all the way.”
Next up for Napoli will be a trip to Parma in the Serie A on Sunday with leaders Juventus awaiting them the following weekend.
But Insigne, who replaced the departed Marek Hamsik as captain, will be suspended for the Parma match.
“It’s a shame I can’t be involved but I’m sure we’ll produce a great performance,” continued Insigne.
“Parma is a tough place to go and we’ll need to play our best football. We’ll think about Juventus afterwards.
“We’re creating plenty of chances but not taking many. It’s partly our fault and we’re working on every little detail so that we can improve our goalscoring.
“We’ll try to rediscover our clinical edge but a lot of the time it’s just a case of getting the rub of the green.”
Insigne has managed 12 goals and six assists in 31 appearances for Napoli across all competitions this season.
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