Luciano Spalletti is looking forward to the diptych with Ajax in the Champions League. The Italian practitioner is impressed by the opponent, but wants to play Napoli‘s own game in the competition. Goalkeeper Alex Meret also wants to attack Ajax with the same fire.
“It will be a duel of attention and sacrifice,” Spalletti says philosophically at a press conference held by his club Napoli. “We’re not going to change our attitude. We have to play with the right motivation tomorrow and we constantly want to make the right decisions on the field. We can still improve ourselves and we have to keep doing that duel after duel.” After eight games, Napoli is an unbeaten leader in Serie A with twenty points.
Nevertheless, the practitioner is impressed by how Ajax has shown itself in recent years. Spalletti also likes to play in the Johan Cruijff Arena. “It‘s wonderful to be able to play in such a stadium. On Tuesday, we want to play our game here, but we have to be wary. We’re playing against a team with an enormous amount of quality.” With six points, Napoli is also the leader of the Champions League pool with Ajax, Rangers FC and Liverpool.
Goalkeeper Meret is also looking forward to playing against the Amsterdammers. The Italian is a fixture below the bar among the Neapolitans and he is also in awe of the opponent. “Ajax is a very good team, but we were able to prepare this match well. We have to go out on the field with the right mentality and the will to show off our game.”
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