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Ancelotti Expects Napoli Progress

Ancelotti Expects Napoli Progress

Carlo Ancelotti has backed his Napoli side to overturn a two-goal deficit and dump Arsenal out of the Europa League.

The Partenopei lost the first leg of their quarter-final tie 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium but Ancelotti is expecting an improved performance on home soil on Thursday. “I’m sure we’re going to put in a brilliant performance tomorrow,” said the Napoli boss, as reported by Sky Sports.

“Will it be enough? I think so, I think we can do it. “What do we need in three words? Courage, intelligence, heart. I didn’t see much courage in the first leg, especially in the first half. “Intelligence – if I take as a reference the away match, we were clever in the second half of the game but we have to do what we have to do. “Heart and passion is what we need tomorrow along with intensity because it’s an opportunity we have to take. I think it will be a game of great intensity.”

Arsenal have struggled on the road of late, with four defeats in their last eight away games, including two in the Europa League, but Ancelotti has played down the significance of their away form and says Napoli will have to be at their best to reach the semi-finals.


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He added: “We know Arsenal’s results in away games but tomorrow is a different story.

I don’t know what’s going on. “For sure we are going to do our best to try to change our style of play compared to the away game. “We’ll try to do better.

Of course the result was not so good for us but we still have a possibility, and we will use all our energy to try to reach the semi-final.”

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