Napoli coach Spalletti wants fighting spirit against Barcelona

Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti says they’ll need to show fighting spirit against Barcelona tomorrow.

Napoli host the Blaugrana at the Stadio Maradona in the second leg of the Europa League knock-out round play-offs. The first leg at the Nou Camp last week ended in a 1-1 draw.

“We must fight,” said Spalletti.

“Those who fight can lose, but who doesn’t even fight has lost already. We need to take risks, command and show what we want to do, otherwise they’ll force us to defend deep.

“It will be a tough game, we’ll have to be like soldiers in a videogame. A battle to conquer a position. Earn space, or you’ll be shot and die.

“We should not be affected by sporadic events, but focus on our strengths which brought us to this position in the table.

“Surely, we are looking for a different game than the one in Cagliari. We are not a team for physical clashes, we must keep the ball on the ground.

“Barcelona are really strong. They had Leo Messi, but they have the same quality now, with great players everywhere on the pitch. Our target is to have a team that will remain in the fans’ minds.

“We need balance, perhaps I can rotate a bit up front but not in midfield.

“We need to pay attention to players who have returned to action after three or four games on the sidelines.”

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