With the Azzurri’s next league match fast approaching, as the side face Lecce at home on Wednesday evening, Napoli winger Matteo Politano spoke to Radio Kiss Kiss about his side’s prospects. “We have a great, ambitious group of players. Right now, however, we’re focusing purely on our match tomorrow.”
First, let’s talk about Napoli’s most recent match against Fiorentina.
“It was a fast-paced game from both teams. Fiorentina showed how good a side they are. We did well at directing play and we could have scored too.”
The Azzurri are now entering a period of high intensity, with the Champions League just around the corner. Do you think you can qualify?
“I think that we can match any of the teams in our group. We’re facing big sides but we’re confident in our potential. However, right now, we’ve got our league games coming up and we need to think about them.
“Tomorrow, we face a difficult test. Lecce have lots of enthusiasm. I know that Marco Baroni is a great coach and that he can make it hard for us. We will have to stay really focused because we need to come away with a positive result.”
What kind of team are we seeing develop at Napoli?
“We started off well. We worked really hard at our summer training camps and we’re now ready to face our busy schedule of games. I firmly believe that this group can bring lots of joy and have a great season.
“Top players have come in, so we have strength in numbers and lots of quality which has bolstered the squad. Everyone fit in right away and will gradually show the value they bring. We are calm and confident about the ambitions that this team has.”
“The aim is to improve on last year and to compete in a big Champions League group, but we have to take it one step at a time and focus only on Lecce for the moment.”
Finally, the winger commented on the ugly scenes at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday.
“It was really unpleasant, not only in terms of what happened to the coach but also what the child who had to turn her Napoli shirt inside out endured. Football should be a celebration and these kinds of actions ruin the atmosphere and mood.”