Sarri unhappy with Napoli attitude in Leipzig defeat

Sarri unhappy with Napoli attitude in Leipzig defeat

Notizie | 15/02/2018

Maurizio Sarri struggled to contain his disappointment after watching Napoli succumb to a second-half turnaround by Red Bull Leipzig in the first leg of their Europa League tie.

The German outfit, currently second in the Bundesliga, scored three times in the last half an hour to overturn Adam Ounas' opener shortly after the break.

"I'm very disappointed with our attitude tonight,” the boss began. “My players seemed to be lacking hunger and enthusiasm. We were below par not just technically but on a mental level too.

“We must change our mindset, especially in Europe. I'm sorry to say that the lads who played tonight did not honour the shirt and that's a bad sign because we should have been thinking about the league from tomorrow, not tonight.

“It's not the first time we've let our concentration slip when playing in a cup competition. Maybe it's partly my fault, but I don't think we're mature enough yet to tackle certain games the right way.

“Leipzig are an excellent side: they have great technical ability and they're very well organised. We gave far too much away to the wrong opponents. We can't concede a third goal like that in stoppage time with two defenders in attack.”

The boss also stressed that Napoli's interest in the Scudetto race should not be used as an excuse for underwhelming performances elsewhere.

"I'm not going to lie to anyone, least of all my players. We all know that Serie A is our number one priority but we simply cannot be producing performances as bad as this.

“We have a lot of improvement to make in terms of our focus and consistency. If we're not 100% focused, that's obviously going to have repercussions.

“I expect to see a strong response on Sunday [against SPAL] because if we have any more lapses like tonight it's going to be tough in the league too.”