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Torreira is forecasting a tough game at the San Paolo

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Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has warned his teammates to brace up for an entirely different game at the San Paolo” against Napoli.

The Gunners won the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final 2-0 with Aaron Ramsey and a Torreira shot that was deflected in off Kalidou Koulibaly.

However, Torreira who faced the Naples based club lacing his boots for Sampdoria understands it would be a different ball game away from home.

“It’s a great victory that makes us very happy. We started very strong and pressed Napoli from the off, as we knew they liked to play out from the back,” Torreira told Sky Sport Italia.

“We prepared the pressing game during the week, that’s how my goal came about and it worked really well.

“I am well aware, having played in Italy, that it will be a very different game at the San Paolo. They have passionate fans, are so strong at home and we must be focused from the first minute.

“If we take the right approach and are clinical, we can score there too.”

Arsenal’s away record doesn’t make for good reading, nonetheless, keeping a clean sheet at home might prove to be the difference in the encounter.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 11: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal celebrates scoring his teams’ second goal of the game by showing a shirt during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final First Leg match between Arsenal and S.S.C. Napoli at Emirates Stadium on April 11, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Torreira’s celebration included a shirt with a reference to a friend from his Sampdoria days who died in a car crash and he was in Genoa last week to watch his former teammates in action.

Is he looking forward to this Sunday’s Derby della Lanterna?

“I hope we win! I made a bet as well with a Genoa fan, we bet a dinner on who wins.”

 

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