Gennaro Gattuso, technician of Naples, acknowledged this Wednesday that his team reaches the second leg of the Europa League round of 32 against him Grenade, scheduled this Thursday at the stadium Maradona, going through “an ugly moment, results and injuries.”
After losing the first leg 0-2 last week in Granada with up to nine illustrious casualties, Gattuso reported that he was only able to recover Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly, Algerian full-back Faouzi Ghoulam and Belgian forward Dries Mertens, at the press conference of the Eve organized in the sports center of Castel Volturno.
“Koulibaly and Ghoulam were already available against Atalanta (last Sunday) and will be this Thursday. We lost (Nigerian Victor) Osimhen and neither will the others,” said Gattuso.
The Italian coach said that he will not be able to count on the Colombian David Ospina, the German Diego Demme, the Mexican Hirving Lozano, the Greek Kostas Manolas or Andrea Petagna, although he will be able to take Mertens to the bench, after several weeks off due to an injury to ankle.
“Dries trained a little this Tuesday and will be on the bench, but he has not played for a long time. He will have about ten or fifteen minutes, we know he is not 100%,” he said.
Given the large number of offensive casualties, it is possible that Gattuso bet on Matteo Politano as “false nine”, although the Italian coach did not want to give clues: “We will see, I am not going to name players because I do not want to give advantages. Elmas (Macedonian Eljf) could also play.”
“We are going through a negative moment, with performance below our possibilities, we wear a historic shirt, we represent a fantastic city and each one must take their responsibilities. There is little to say and add more possible results,” he said.
“What we are doing is not enough, we are going through an ugly moment, due to results and injuries,” he added.
Gattuso He regretted the fact that his team’s numerous consecutive commitments prevent him from preparing the matches in the best way and expressed the wish that his team come out more focused compared to what it did a week ago in Granada.
“I hope to do better with respect to what we did in the first leg with Granada, we knew their characteristics well, we let ourselves be surprised by their better ability, attacking depth. We must read these situations well, at this moment the team must ‘smell’ the danger, “he said.