By 90Min
November 19, 2017

Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri was happy, but not particularly impressed, with his team's performances on Saturday night. 

The Serie A leaders defeated Vincenzo Montella's AC Milan thanks to the likes of Lorenzo Insigne and Piotr Zielinski, who gave Napoli a double lead. 

Alessio Romagnoli's goal during stoppage time was of no help to the Rossoneri, who returned to Milan having lost their sixth game out of 13. 

Sarri told Mediaset Premium: “It wasn’t our sharpest performance, yet looking overall we allowed hardly anything and created eight clear scoring opportunities, so that’s good in the circumstances.

“Our tempo dropped in the second half and we sat too deep, but despite that, we didn’t allow many real chances. Almost everyone was off on international duty, so our fitness levels could not have been perfect.

“I am sorry we conceded a goal in stoppages from distance, because it would’ve been nice to keep a clean sheet. Mario Rui did well, but right now he hasn’t the minutes in his legs after such a long injury lay-off. He did very well while he had the legs.”

Striker Insigne scored a stunning though controversial goal, thus avenging his exclusion from Gian Piero Ventura's during Italy's World Cup playoffs against Sweden. 

Sarri was asked whether he would have made the same choice in a similar situation: “I would not leave Insigne out, but each tactician is the result of his experiences and Ventura always played with two up front.


“I did not like the way the media tore Ventura apart, because when there is a loss like that, the blame is to be shared around, never just apportioned to one man."

He also denied rumours that he might become Italy's new manager: "At the moment I am enjoying training these lads and working every day on the field. We’re doing well and hope to achieve something at the end of it.”

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