Emery: "We know that 90 minutes in San Paolo can be long"

Arsenal won in the first leg 2-0, but their coach warns: "I expect many differences with respect to the first leg." The chances are 50 and 50. "


El Unai Emery, Arsenal coach, said on Wednesday that his team is clear that "90 minutes in San Paolo can be very long" , analyzing the return of the Europa League quarterfinals on Thursday against the Naples, which the English side faces after winning 2-0 for the first leg.

"I expect a lot of differences with regard to the first leg, techniques, tactics and the environment level, we know that 90 minutes here can be very long, but we want to play our match without looking at the result of the first leg ", said Emery at the press conference on the eve.

" It will be necessary to be compact, players like Lorenzo Insigne, (the Polish, Arkadiusz) Milik, (the Belgian, Dries ) Mertens or (the Spaniard, Fabián) Ruiz can create problems for us, but we also have valuable players and a solid team structure, "he continued.

The Sevilla or Valencia's coach, He won three European Leagues with the Nervión team, believes that the chances of advancing to the semifinals are still matched and stressed that Arsenal should look for a goal to force Napoli to score four to pass.

"The chances are 50 and 50. We have played the home leg and we won, but we know that they can win in their field. We will play to win the game. We are facing a great club. (Carlo) Ancelotti is a great coach, he won the Champions League three times and the Napoli has a great history ", considered.

" Our idea is to defend when necessary and attack when we have the ball. The first objective is to win. Tomorrow we can have an advantage, but they are capable of scoring two goals because they have a lot of quality. We will have to try to score, "he insisted.

Next to Emery was the Greek Sokratis Papastathopoulos, a player who knows Italian football well having played in Serie A with Genoa and Milan shirts, before heading to Werder Bremen and to Borussia Dortmund Germans and, finally, to Arsenal.

"We will have to play as if the first leg was over 0-0, we know tomorrow will be complicated. The atmosphere is very good, I played many times in this stadium. But we have experience and a good team, with confidence in ourselves, "he explained.

Also stressed the importance of the last victory in the Premier League, achieved as a visitor against Watford, after Arsenal particularly suffered this year away from their stadium.

In fact, the men of Emery lost in the two European visits of the phase of direct elimination, against Bate Borisov (1-0) and Rennes (3-1), and also suffered six defeats as visitors in the Premier League.

"We are a team that plays good football and since the beginning of the year we have improved a lot. We want to win as much as possible from here at the end of the season. The last victory as a visitor was important, it increased our confidence ", he affirmed.



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