Gennaro Gattuso went at it against his Napoli players! Following their home defeat to Lecce, who fights against relegation in the Italian Serie A, the former AC Milan player and legend is not happy at all.
According to the Italian manager, his squad is too emotionally fragile and looks like they’re frightened of playing Football. He also said that his players cannot support a simple wave of pressure from their opponents, and also criticized the defensive system of Napoli, who, according to the man himself, concede too many silly goals.
“The chances created can be wasted, but the problem is that the team is emotionally too fragile. We will have to sit down and watch this game together as a group, learn to smell the danger. In the first 30 minutes, we had five or six clear scoring opportunities, but at the first sign of pressure, we lost confidence. The team is visibly frightened”.
“I would understand if we conceded goals when defending a counter-attack, but instead we conceded with three players in our side against two of them. You cannot concede with three against two”, added Gattuso.
In one hand, Gattuso’s criticism is understandable, and can be a sign that in case the Italian continues ahead of Napoli next season, he will let a lot of players go and sign some others too – since these current Napoli players were signed by former manager Carlo Ancelotti.
On the other one, however, it’s always worth remembering that despite the bad momentum, Napoli is still in the UEFA Champions League, as they qualified for the Round of 16 and will face Catalan giants Barcelona. They also made it to the Coppa Italia semifinals, as they will face Internazionale in a two-legged confront.
Is Gennaro Gattuso overreacting, as he sometimes did as a player back in his old times, or this Napoli squad is surely faded to be a fragile team?