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Napoli’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool “burns”, admits Ancelotti

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Napoli’s 5-0 thrashing to Liverpool this weekend has left new manager Carlo Ancelotti feeling rattled with less than two weeks before their opening game of the new Serie A season

The Partenopei were unable to respond after James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno sealed an emphatic 5-0 win for Liverpool in Dublin on Saturday with new goalkeeper Alisson making his debut for the club.

While Liverpool celebrated the win, Ancelotti was clearly left unsettled with the untimely blow to their preparations for his maiden campaign in charge of Napoli.

“To lose always burns and to concede five goals must bother us,” said Ancelotti, as quoted by FourFourTwo.

“We tried to play it openly, with the guys we are doing a job a bit different than in the past and we have lost the ball so many times.

“After the difficult start we were at their level, but we were exposed to the counter-attack, which is their best weapon.

“It takes some time for things to become natural and I also believe that some things have been done well.

“We could have played a more defensive game but I did not want to do it, we do not need it, because we have to build against a team like Liverpool.”

“After the difficult start we were at their level, but we were exposed to the counter-attack, which is their best weapon.

“It takes some time for things to become natural and I also believe that some things have been done well.

“We could have played a more defensive game but I did not want to do it, we do not need it, because we have to build against a team like Liverpool.”

Napoli will face Lazio for their opening game of the new Serie A season on August 18.