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Carlo Ancelotti wants 'courage, intelligence and heart' from Napoli against Arsenal in Europa League

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Carlo Ancelotti demands ‘courage, intelligence and heart’ from Napoli to fight back against Arsenal in Europa League second leg

  • Arsenal lead Napoli 2-0 following Europa League quarter-final first leg last week 
  • They welcome Gunners to San Paolo Stadium on Thursday looking to hit back  
  • Carlo Ancelotti’s players have been confined to training base and team hotel 
  • Manager said there will be ‘extraordinary environment’ to drag his side through 

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has demanded ‘courage, intelligence and heart’ from his team as they attempt to overturn a two-goal deficit against Arsenal in the Europa League quarter-finals.

Bidding to win their first European trophy since a Diego Maradona-inspired side won the old UEFA Cup in 1989, Napoli host the Gunners on Thursday in the second leg of their tie, trailing 2-0.

‘In three words, we need courage, intelligence and heart,’ Ancelotti said. 

Carlo Ancelotti knows what he wants from his Napoli players on Thursday night

Carlo Ancelotti knows what he wants from his Napoli players on Thursday night 

Napoli are looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit and are coming off the back of a win against Chievo

Napoli are looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit and are coming off the back of a win against Chievo

Napoli are looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit and are coming off the back of a win against Chievo

‘I saw only a little courage in the early stages of the first game. Intelligence, I saw in both halves of the match. Heart is something we will put in on Thursday.

‘In addition, we need a significant dose of intensity. We must seize this opportunity, we need a positive mental attitude and, I repeat, a lot of heart.  

‘And there will be an extraordinary environment to drag us.’

Napoli went into a so-called ‘ritiro’ – where the team are confined to the club’s training complex or hotel – after their 3-1 Serie A win at Chievo on Sunday, although Ancelotti said he was not in favour.

Since the Chievo game at the weekend, the Napoli squad have been in 'ritiro'

Since the Chievo game at the weekend, the Napoli squad have been in 'ritiro'

Since the Chievo game at the weekend, the Napoli squad have been in ‘ritiro’

‘Were the players against it? No, in reality, it was me who didn’t want it,’ he said. 

‘Generally, I’m against the ‘ritiro’, because I think the players are better off at home than on the computer or social media.’

‘Napoli are the only (Italian) team left in Europe and I hope that is still the case on Friday,’ he added. ‘Napoli will put in a great display tomorrow – I believe we can do it.’



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