By 90Min
August 26, 2018

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti suggested it was his side's tactical flexibility that allowed them to come from two goals down to snatch a 3-2 victory over Milan on Saturday evening.

The Partenopei started strongly but found themselves 2-0 after 50 minutes of action, only for a brace from Piotr Zielinski and a late winner from Dries Mertens to turn the game completely on its head.

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Speaking after the match, Ancelotti had his say on what gave his side the edge over Gennaro Gattuso's Milan (via CalcioMercato).

He said: “Sometimes we can switch to 4-4-2, these players have a lot of knowledge. It’s a paradox but we became more offensive when we found balance in midfield pressing Biglia. Mertens? He is a kind of attacking midfielder. He is very good with short combinations. We asked him to play a bit more on the left with Insigne playing wider.”

Ancelotti also took time during his post-match interview to defend midfielder and club legend Marek Hamsik, who looked off the pace for the second consecutive game after delivering a drab performance in last week's narrow victory over Lazio.

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Ancelotti added: “Hamsik? He will improve when we will play a little wider and more vertically. His qualities will emerge, I am happy for what he is doing.”

Napoli face Sampdoria in an away fixture next weekend, giving Ancelotti's side a potential respite after a tricky opening two fixtures that saw them take on two of last season's top six.

Ancelotti is in his first season as Napoli manager, having replaced Chelsea-bound Maurizio Sarri at the end of the 2017/18 season.

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