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“The goal we conceded ruined everything”, says Napoli coach Garcia after Union Berlin draw

Napoli head coach Rudi Garcia insists his team deserved to win after a home draw against Union Berlin in the Champions League.

Union Berlin secured their first-ever point in the Champions League after a 1-1 draw against Napoli on Wednesday night. Union Berlin had lost their last 12 matches in all competitions.

“The goal we conceded ruined everything. We deserved to win this evening and we played well, we just should’ve attacked better and not conceded on the counter from our own corner kick,” Garcia told Sky Sport Italia.

“That was the only negative thing from the match. Usually there are three of us kept back there, but when we are winning, there are four. Perhaps by taking the corner so quickly, we did not have time to get back into position. It will serve as a lesson for the next games.”

Garcia was also asked about his team’s poor finishing in recent games.

“I don’t know, perhaps you should ask the captain, as he was on the pitch. We tried in every way to score the second goal, but I have nothing to reproach my lads for other than the goal we conceded.

“When you are able to double your lead, it all becomes easier. We should’ve avoided conceding that goal, especially at home.”

He added: “We are working on it, but it is a matter of balance and reasoning. We will find solutions, but tonight this distraction was very costly.”

Garcia: Champions League takes up a lot of energy

Napoli have failed to win any of their games at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona since September 27.

“This statistic will end on Sunday. Meanwhile, we need to recover, because the Champions League takes up a lot of energy. We must try to win in Serie A and keep climbing the table.”

Garcia also said he hopes Victor Osimhen will be ready for the game against Atalanta. Osimhen who is injured spent the last week in Nigeria due to family issues.

“We are working to have Victor ready for the game against Atalanta.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.


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