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Spalletti apologized to Napoli fans for halting their celebration with a draw

Luciano Spalletti expressed regret to the Napoli fans for not being able to win the Scudetto in front of them on Sunday.

Napoli seemed poised to win their first league championship in 33 years after Mathias Olivera scored with a header in the second half against Salernitana at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Lazio’s loss against Inter earlier in the day meant that Napoli only needed a win to clinch the title. However, just as celebrations were starting around the stadium, Boulaye Dia scored a stunning equalizer in the 84th minute, resulting in a 1-1 draw.

Napoli can still win the title on Wednesday if Lazio loses to Sassuolo. However, Spalletti admitted that his team had disappointed their supporters by conceding a late goal.

The Napoli coach told DAZN: “We are very sorry for not giving the happiness [of winning the title] to this wonderful crowd.

“We represent what their dream is. It is right that they receive this dream they have. We are the ones who materialize the dreams of our fans.

“We have to score this extra goal to give it to them. From my point of view, the enjoyment is only delayed because I am very comfortable with the current standings.

“We postpone it for now but it is a lengthening of the celebrations because I am convinced we will get the two points [to win the league].”

Napoli lay one hand on their third scudetto title

Napoli’s Scudetto win, which seems highly likely, would be the team’s first since the days when Diego Maradona played for the club.

On their journey towards the title, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Victor Osimhen have played important roles for Napoli, but Spalletti highlighted the significance of the whole squad this season.

“It’s clear that if it [winning the title] were to happen, I’d have some satisfaction too,” he added. “But the players deserve it more because I’ve seen the attention, willingness and quality they have come to train.

“I’m referencing those who have played less because they force those who have played the most to keep the bar high and it becomes difficult to become a soft or demotivated team.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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