Walter Mazzarri expressed his disappointment after Napoli came away from the Stadio Olimpico with a 2-0 defeat to Roma, having had two men sent off.

“I'm really sorry because before the sending off we were playing better than them.

“I don't want to talk about the refereeing. All I'll say is they were tugging on [Matteo] Politano's shirt the whole time. I prefer to look at the match itself. We started off well and were growing into it and our possession play was getting better.

“I think we were on the right track tonight. We were unlucky in individual moments and ultimately didn't get what we deserved but that's how it went and now we must look forward.

“I don't think this team needs to change formation or tactics. I think we've played very good football with a 4-3-3, though of course we need to make some adjustments.

“Admittedly, we're not creating many chances compared to the amount of the ball we have. But looking at the game, we made it hard for Roma. As I said, 11 v 11 we were better than them but we do need to be more decisive in the final third.

“You can't be at your sharpest when you're playing games every three days. It's easy to work on improving fitness. You have to wait for a break so that you can dedicate some time to it.

“It's a shame about this defeat and this dip we're in but we must look ahead and take the positives from this match in spite of the result.”

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