The Napoli coach in Rome to collect the Fortunato Prize: “We have an obligation to give back the love that surrounds us, the love of the fans”
“Calm down, you need a lot of calm”, says Luciano Spalletti from the top of the standings at the end of his morning spent in Rome to receive the Andrea Fortunato prize organized by the Fioravante Polito Foundation. Spalletti recalls the sense of recognition dedicated to the sample who died of leukemia: “We must explain to all generations the importance of the blood passport. No one should lose their life playing sports at all levels.”
At the end of the ceremony there was a huge crowd and Spalletti struggled to re-emerge. “We have an obligation to return the love that surrounds us, the love of the fans. But there is still a lot of work to do, there are too many games. What pleases me is the availability, the desire of the team”. But woe to feeling already arrived: “If we didn’t give our best, if we sinned right now of presumption we would pay dearly. We have to immerse ourselves in the challenge, I said it yesterday, we have to destroy ourselves for a Napoli result”. And on this the leading coach finds a symbolic postcard: “The emblem is where Kim put his head in the action of the second goal”.
It is clear that with the great advantage in the championship, one thinks of the Champions League which is about to return. “Eintracht is as strong as we are, we know them, we study them, it will be very difficult”. The last question about Kvaratskhelia and his ninth goal. Who does it look like? “He has a sensitivity in stroking the ball, dribbling and finishing in narrow… Maybe he can remember Salah.” Finally Maradona, the name of the stadium, the statue that the players touch when entering the field. “We try to look as much like him as possible.”
February 13 – 2.07pm
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