Real-Napoli, Mazzarri: “We could have taken the lead. Exceptional dressing room”

The Azzurri coach after the Madrid match: “I’m happy with the performance, this group has important human values, at 2-2 we could have taken the lead”

Gianluca Monti

More serene than before, Walter Mazzarri accepts Madrid’s defeat with philosophy despite the high temperature and the humid evening at the Bernabeu: “Before conceding the 3-2 we had created the conditions to take the lead – explained the Napoli coach -, I’m happy with the performance but we should have been more careful not to allow counterattacks like what happened at 2-2. I had the feeling that we could score goals in the key moments of the match because we were playing well.”


In fact, Napoli both in the first half and for half of the second half were not at all disappointed and also had an important chance on the counterattack with Kvara and Osimhen to regain the lead, as happened at the beginning of the match with Simeone’s goal. The Georgian’s assist was not the most precise, but in any case the verve of the Nigerian attacker was seen again, now eager to return to scoring: “Osimhen was back with Atalanta, we increased his playing time to fully recover him with the ‘Inter and in the following matches. His will be a gradual insertion”, said Mazzarri.

the locker room

The Tuscan coach puffed out his chest due to the unity of intent shown by the group and also certified by Anguissa’s words (“Now let’s play together”, said the Cameroonian midfielder who was responsible for the momentary 2-2). “I found an exceptional locker room, which wants to train and be together – concluded Mazzarri -. There are important human values, as well as technical ones, which are the prerequisite for doing well”.