Napoli put in an impressive display against Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday, coming away 0-2 winners in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16. Coach Luciano Spalletti was full of praise for his players. “Even if I’m not smiling, I’m happy with the performance, but the tie’s not over yet.

“I was really pleased with the lads’ attitude. They played the game with personality right from the beginning. After a tight start to the match, we then took control of the game and guided it in the direction we wanted.

“There’s not much left to say. We had a great game and probably could have scored a third goal. Even though we were always trying to find the net, we never let that send us off-balance, which is a really important aspect.

“It’s said that we’re dominating the game in Italy because other teams are focused on tight defending. This evening, we came to Germany to play the game as we know how. It was crucial that we stopped them from having possession and the lads did it brilliantly.

“We haven’t yet secured qualification as there’s another game to play and still half the tie to go. On the international stage, just one moment can influence a match. We’ll need to stay focused and humble for the return leg.”

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