Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti is considering a three-pronged strikeforce for Thursday’s must-win Europa League cash with Arsenal.
Trailing 2-0 after last week’s first leg in London, Napoli will need to win 2-0 or by three clear goals if they are to keep their hopes of lifting the trophy alive.
Arkadiusz Milik, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne all started Sunday’s 3-1 win over Chievo and a repeat could be on the cards in midweek. “Choosing the side for Thursday will be tough, but I think I’ll manage it,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia. “All three strikers is a possibility.
I preserved Milik early in the season, but he can do great things that put him along the top strikers in Europe.” Reflecting on the first leg defeat, he added: “We were surprised by the Arsenal pressing game, as we couldn”t play our way out from the back and kept trying to do it rather than attempt long balls.
Related: Napoli Line Up Valverde Offer
Their second-half performance is more like the attitude they’ll have here at the San Paolo, so going for the counter-attack. “I chose Insigne and Mertens together because they are both quicker than Milik, so I wanted to use their pace.
I think next Thursday the key will be to play a lot of vertical passes.” Napoli’s win keeps them firmly in second place in Serie A – 17 points behind champions-elect Juventus but seven ahead of third-placed Inter Milan – and they now require only two wins from their final six games to ensure Champions League football next season.11 BUSINESS NUGGETS FROM SUPER EAGLES BRONZE MEDAL TRIUMPH. The content of this ebook will propel you above your competition. DOWNLOAD NOW!!!