Gennaro Gattuso has warned Napoli to be more balanced after their 3-2 Coppa Italia win over Empoli. ‘We allowed too many counter-attacks.’
The Partenopei struggled to get the better of the Serie B side at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in this Round of 16 tie.
“It was a great performance, we suffered against some talented young players and knew it was important to give playing time to those who hadn’t featured as much, so it would be difficult,” Gattuso told RAI Sport.
“We allowed a few too many counter-attacks, so certainly need more balance at the weekend.
“If you look at all the clubs competing in Europe this season, they have all been quite inconsistent, as since COVID there’s no difference between home and away. We can improve, as we certainly dropped a few too many points along the way.
“There has been a downturn in performance since the Inter game. It’s a tactical issue, but also we waste too many scoring opportunities and then allow our opponents too many chances too. We need to be more balanced, because we create a lot, but concede too much, and that’s a recurring issue.”
Gattuso is now doing far better after suffering the effects of an auto-immune disease that left him fatigued and with eye problems.
“I feel much better now thanks to the cortisone. I heard a lot of things over the last few months, some saying I wouldn’t be able to coach anymore. I’ve been dealing with this for 10 years, there are far worse things, trust me. I am fine, it was just a relapse.”
Empoli had to do without three players and their coach this evening, as although they tested negative for COVID-19, they were still ordered to self-isolate by the Naples ASL (local health authority).
“We have to look towards the English Premier League, which I think is the best-organised league in the world. However, they constantly criticise us, and yet they are having far worse problems than we are, so for once Italy are ahead of the curve.
“It’s not easy getting these swabs every other day, always waiting for the results with anxiety.”