Napoli matched Liverpool result in their preparation for Champions League clash
Napoli and Liverpool will play a do or die match on Tuesday night to book their place in UEFA Champions League last 16. Both sides need a positive result on Tuesday and for that both of them started their preparation with a great victory on the weekend. Whereas Liverpool defeated Bournemouth 4-0 thanks to Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick, Napoli get past Frosinone 4-0 with a collective effort of Piotr Zielinski, Adam Ounas, and Arkadiusz Milik.
Piotr Zielinski strikes early to give lead to Carlo Ancelotti’s side, and Algerian midfielder Adam Ounas helped himself with a brilliant long range strike to double the lead. Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik headed in a second-half header and braced himself with another close range strike to make it 4-0.
Napoli victory over Frosinone reduced the gap at top to eight points. Juventus after registering 1-0 victory over Inter Milan in Derby d’Italia created the gap to 11 points but Napoli cut it back to eight. It’s still a big gap and Partenopei must not be thinking about Serie A championship, but they really have given a boost to their hope of qualifying for Champions League knockout berth.
They only need a draw or at least lose by scoring away goals to have a better goal-difference. Liverpool tries to put pressure on them with their 4-0 victory over Bournemouth in their preparation for Anfield battle, but Napoli gave a perfect reply with their 4-0 victory over Frosinone.
Now, the all eyes will be on both teams in Tuesday night fixture. Whereas last season finalist Liverpool need a thumping victory to live up to their reputation, Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli really want to prove themselves as Champions League team.
Carlo Ancelotti has all praise for his team in after-match interview. He said, “We need to go to Liverpool with the same attacking mindset we took to Paris. We’re not going there to park the bus. It will be an honour to play at Anfield. There’s an amazing atmosphere there – the best in the world after the San Paolo. We’ll go to Liverpool and play the best we can without thinking about all the permutations.”