Napoli players probably spit at my photo, it’s part of my job: Gennaro Gattuso

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By: Reuters |

December 14, 2020 11:11:02 am





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Napoli’s Mario Rui with head coach Gennaro Gattuso. (Reuters)

‘When Andrea Petagna scored Napoli’s successful aim in opposition to Sampdoria on Sunday, he rushed over to hug Gennaro Gattuso in what gave the impression to be an indication of the group’s affection for his or her coach. Yet Gattuso himself was not so certain.

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“Sometimes they love me, but I bet that sometimes they take out my picture in the morning and spit in my face,” mentioned Gattuso after his aspect’s 2-1 win. “But it’s part of my job.”

Gattuso, a famously combative midfielder throughout his taking part in days, has revived Napoli within the 12 months since he changed Carlo Ancelotti along with his distinctive fashion of administration.

In an age when many coaches tip-toe round controversy to keep away from “losing the dressing-room”, Gattuso is understood for his brutally sincere strategy.

“They have to know that I’m a bit old fashioned in that sense,” he mentioned. “I like to tell things the way they are and I don’t hold grudges.”

“I don’t lie to them, I don’t hold back, I tell the truth,” he mentioned.

“Fabian Ruiz was disappointed today and I told him that in football you have to keep your head up. We are playing every three days so he will have a chance to redeem himself.”

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Mexican ahead Hirving Lozano, who scored one aim and arrange the opposite on Sunday, has typically had his weaknesses picked over in public by Gattuso.

“The problem last season was that he didn’t have much strength, he couldn’t play both halves and he kept falling over. Now he’s found himself again, he is scoring goals,” mentioned Gattuso.

Even on Sunday, Napoli didn’t escape criticism from their hard-to-please coach.

“We played very badly in the first half, we deserved to be behind. In the second half we held our ground and did what we had to do,” he mentioned. “We knew we were going to struggle today after playing in Europe (on Thursday).”

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