Rudi Garcia spoke to the media on the eve of the Azzurri’s next Champions League match against Union Berlin.
The coach began the press conference by discussing what lies in store for Napoli on Wednesday evening.
“We have to win tomorrow to strengthen our position in the table. Numbers wise, it’s not a decisive game by any means, but we know that it’s going to be a real challenge.”
“Real Madrid only beat Union Berlin in added time and that just shows there are no easy matches in Europe. We didn’t just have to play well to get that win in Germany, we had to fight.
“If we maintain the solidity we showed in Berlin, we could get another great result.”
Napoli haven’t exploited home advantage to the full this season.
“That’s true. We definitely want to get back to winning at the Maradona. Our stadium must have a positive influence on our season and tomorrow is our chance to get back to winning ways at home.”
Is Napoli the best team you’ve coached in your career?
“Every team is different due to the context they find themselves in. This is a great team, and I have an exceptional squad to work with.”
Jack Raspadori is becoming fundamental in your style of play.
“Raspadori is a quality forward that can play all across the attacking line. He knows how to link up play. He’s instinctive in front of goal and he’s got a great shot. He’s a very versatile player. It’s clear he prefers playing as a striker or a trequartista, but he’s so well-rounded that he can play in more than one position.”
Have you thought about rotating and giving Jesper Lindstrom more playing time tomorrow?
“In such a busy season we need every player in the team. We’re counting on Lindstrom. We’ve got [Matteo] Politano and [Khvicha] Kvaratskhelia in that position and they’re both in great form at the moment. Everyone will get their chance to contribute.
“We have players who can score goals and change games – and that includes those who come off the bench. I’ve got a top-quality squad that I can make full use of by making changes throughout the game.”