Spalletti: "We shouldn't have backed off at 2-0"

Notizie | 01/12/2021

Luciano Spalletti was left to rue two points dropped against Sassuolo after Napoli conceded a late equaliser having been 2-0 up.

Goals by Fabian Ruiz and Dries Mertens had put the Azzurri firmly in the driving seat before Gianluca Scamacca and a Gian Marco Ferrari leveller on the stroke of full time ensured the spoils were shared.

“We played some quality football tonight,” the coach observed after the final whistle. “Sassuolo are tough opponents but we were the superior side and deservedly took the lead.

“At 2-0 up we perhaps felt a bit too confident we could control the game when we needed to keep pushing and holding a higher line. Having said that, there was a foul on [Amir] Rrahmani before the referee awarded them the free kick that they equalised from.

“I made my point to the referee because I thought it was a clear foul. That's why he sent me off, but as I said it was a clear foul.

“Sadly we lost Fabian [Ruiz] and [Lorenzo] Insigne, as well as [Kalidou] Koulibaly – three players who instill confidence in the team. That had an effect on the game too.”