Napoli beats Nice to reach Champions League group stage

Ruben Hill
August 23, 2017

The Champions League is a big objective for us.

Mario Balotelli scored 15 goals for Nice last season. The tie came a little early for Wesley Sneijder to do more.

The Coach reiterated the same message in his Press conference.

"I call it the way I see it, he wasn't good enough tonight".

Napoli dominated the first leg fixture at home last week, but a slim two-goal lead does not reflect multitude of scoring chances they had, failing to fully capitalise on the French club going down to nine men late in the second half. "I just saw there was something between Balotelli and the officials".

Nice host Napoli at the Allianz Riviera this evening for the second-leg of the Champions League play-off fixture.

Insigne added another goal as the Serie A side completed a comfortable 4-0 aggregate win.

"Tactically and physically, they were fantastic tonight". I complimented my players and then 30 seconds later told them they had to face Atalanta this weekend, who we dropped a lot of points against last season.

"We know the defensive phase is important for us, previous year we dropped a few points because we conceded too many goals". The Greek side will contest the group stage for the 18th time.

"We did well, because this is our path to achieve results".

"We'll try to play a great game, trying to play our attacking football". These lads deserved the Champions League, though. It's too early to know if we can resolve those little defects we had last season, but it's always hard to bridge the gap with the biggest clubs.

'I'd love to play against Manchester United at Old Trafford, ' said Sarri, when asked which opponent he'd like to face in the draw. This is a group that cares a lot about the squad and the shirt.

"There are fears that when we have the game too much under control that we become lazy and risk throwing it away at the first opportunity".

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