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Emery hits back at Napoli boss

Emery hits back at Napoli boss

12 Apr 2019, 19:30

Unai Emery has hit back at Carlo Ancelotti after the Napoli boss accused Arsenal players of suffering from cramp.

Arsenal beat Napoli 2-0 in the first half and maintained the score despite the Italian side seeing much of the possession in the second half. Ancelotti claimed the sight of the Gunners' players suffering from cramp would give his side major encouragement ahead of the return leg. 

Ancelotti's comments

"I think that the second half was completely different. The fact we push a lot at the end and we were physically a lot better as some of their players had cramps. This is another thing that we can use in Naples."

Emery's response

"I think we’re OK. The players finished tired because they worked a lot. But I prefer to finish like that and not finish matches with the possibility to continue playing. I know, and the players also, that we need every player to be ready to play and help.

"On Monday, I am sure we are going to play different players but [try] to find the same performance. Some players after playing with this demanding performance physically, maybe we need something different. Next week it will be the same in Naples.

"We’re going to prepare for Monday first, and also recover the players after the game today thinking that we are going to play a lot of matches [every] three days. We need every player with the commitment, with the behaviour and the performances."

See: Arsenal dominate Europa Team of the Week with five, Chelsea with two

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