Modified 27 Could 2020, 23:46 IST
Napoli may very well be compelled to promote Kalidou Koulibaly if they don’t qualify for the Champions League, Andrea Dossena has warned.
The Italian prime flight is on maintain amid the coronavirus pandemic, leaving Napoli in sixth place and 9 factors adrift of Atalanta in fourth.
Earlier than the shutdown, coach Gennaro Gattuso had been beginning to make his influence felt having succeeded Carlo Ancelotti in December.
Dossena, who performed for Napoli between 2010 and 2013, fears the membership might lose a few of their key gamers if they’re unable to affix Europe’s elite once more subsequent time period, having reached the spherical of 16 earlier than play was halted this season.
And he’s certain Koulibaly particularly would flourish, with the defender a reported goal of Liverpool and Manchester United.
“To get 9 factors again from Atalanta is a mammoth problem so ought to Napoli not clinch a Champions League berth, they need to promote some gamers,” Dossena instructed Stats Carry out Information.
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“The 2 most valued are Fabian Ruiz and Koulibaly; the latter is the most certainly to go away. Bodily and speedy, he is among the greatest central defenders on the planet and might have his say within the Premier League, too.”
Reflecting on Napoli’s 2019-20 marketing campaign so far, Dossena conceded the membership had underachieved with Ancelotti on the helm however felt Gattuso was having a constructive impact.
“It was imagined to be an important season for Napoli, the season with the largest funds,” he stated.
“The proprietor [Aurelio De Laurentiis] had spent so much and this was imagined to be Ancelotti’s glory season. However there was this setback, some difficulties.
“Then Gattuso got here in and was so good at conveying his charisma, grit and can however principally at giving the squad an elaborated model of passing and a few established and clear concepts.
“However most of all he was logical in placing all of the gamers of their pure function, going again to the 4-3-Three formation.”