EUROPA LEAGUE! Napoli Boss Ancelotti Warn Arsenal Ahead Of 2nd Leg


Napoli manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has said he is “totally confident” they can reach the semi-finals of the Europa League, despite losing the first leg 2-0 away to Arsenal.

Aaron Ramsey scored an early opener, before Lucas Torreira’s deflected drive, credited as a Kalidou Koulibaly own goal, extended Arsenal’s advantage.

But the Gunners have only won twice away from home in all competitions since November, while only Juventus have beaten Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo in over a year.

Arsenal have however progressed from eight of their last nine European knock-out ties after winning the first leg, but Ancelotti still feels Napoli can go through.

“Totally confident. We know our support and stadium and we will try to win with two goals.

“We didn’t start the game well and the first half was not good. We had difficulties but second half was different to change. We have to try, we have 90 minutes again and we will do everything to try to move on.

“It’s difficult to say, it was two different games. First half really bad, second really better. We have to focus on the second half we played and do 90 minutes in Napoli.

“The goals we conceded were two mistakes. First a wrong pass, then the pressure we couldn’t control. We were worried at the start and paid with two goals but we have the possibility to change in the home game.

“We could score one goal, but they put a lot of pressure and were dangerous. It’s 2-0 and we have to think about the next game,” Ancelotti told BT Sport.

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