Allan keen to erase Fiorentina letdown

Allan keen to erase Fiorentina letdown

Notizie | 13/09/2018

As Napoli prepare to face Fiorentina at the San Paolo on Saturday, Allan admits he harbours uncomfortable memories of the last time the two sides met – but is confident the Azzurri can make up for it with victory at the weekend.

"We have a very bad memory of our game against Fiorentina last season – perhaps the worst we've had in recent years,” the Brazilian revealed, speaking at the presentation of the new partnership between Napoli and Hankook Tire. “That defeat at the Franchi ended our title hopes and it was really tough to take.

“We have to look forward and try to make up for that game now. We're determined to get back to winning ways and we'll have the San Paolo behind us on Saturday – they've always been our 12th man.”

The 28-year-old also looked back on the team's recent reverse in Genoa and their apparent difficulty in the first half of games this season.

“We lost to Sampdoria partly because of the mistakes we made but we've worked hard the last two weeks to make sure we start games properly. Something's not right if we keep conceding goals in the first half.

“In any case we're confident because we have a strong, competitive squad that has improved continually in recent years and we aim to improve further this season.

“Personally I feel good. I think I'm in great shape but I'm always looking to improve.”

With Napoli's Champions League bow against Red Star just around the corner, Allan stressed he feels the Azzurri are well equipped to compete in both competitions.

"We have a tricky run of games coming up but it's exciting to be involved in it all. We'll be playing in the Champions League again soon and we must be ready to challenge on all fronts. We have lots of great players throughout the squad and we're ready for a busy campaign.

Finally, the Brazilian commented on the commercial partnership with Hankook: "They're one of the leading companies in the business. I'm happy and proud to be here at this event today.”

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