Luciano Spalletti had plenty of good things to say about his team after they dismantled Verona in their opening match of the 2022/23 season.

The two sides initially exchanged blows at the Bentegodi before the Azzurri eventually ran away with it courtesy of five different goalscorers.

"We prepared well for this game over the last week and the lads deserve credit for putting our plans into practice as well as they did,” the coach began.

"We played with real character and determination to get off to the best possible start. One thing we need to do is up the tempo when we have the ball to make our dominance count, but the whole team was superb.”

Spalletti went on to praise his goalscorers.

"[Stanislav] Lobotka looked like [Andres] Iniesta today, He had an incredible game and scored a textbook goal. The same can be said about [Piotr] Zielinski – he made a brilliant surging run for his goal.

“[Kvitcha] Kvara[tskhelia] showed his class but he could have had an even bigger impact in the first half. He's a complete footballer and he produced some stunning pieces of play despite being a bit nervous. I'm sure he'll get even better.

“We took our goals really well – the lads showed character and quality. I'm confident and calm about the strength of this squad. If the fans play their part as they did today we can really enjoy ourselves. The Neapolitan people should know that the players who wear this shirt do so with passion.”

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