Gattuso: "We went through an ugly moment"

The Naples coach only recovers defender Koulibaly, winger Ghoulam and striker Dries Mertens to attempt the comeback against Granada.


Gennaro Gattuso, Naples coach, acknowledged this Wednesday that his team reaches the second leg of the Europa League round of 32 against Granada, scheduled for Thursday at the Maradona stadium, going through "an ugly moment, due to results and injuries."

After losing the first leg 0-2 last week in Granada with up to nine illustrious losses, 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 previous press conference organized in the sports center of Castel Volturno.

"Koulibaly and Ghoulam were already available against Atalanta (last Sunday) and they 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 and Andrea Petagna, although he will be able to take Mertens to the bench, after several weeks off due to an ankle injury .

"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 that he is not 100%," he assured.In view of the large number of offensive casualties, it is possible that Gattuso bet on Matteo Politano as a "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. I could also play (the Macedonian, Eljf) Elmas. "

"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 a moment, due to results and injuries," he added.

Gattuso regretted the fact that the numerous consecutive commitments of his team 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' danger, "he said.

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