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Ancelotti not satisfied with Napoli despite 3-0 Europa League win

S.S.C. Napoli v Red Bull Salzburg - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: First Leg

NAPLES, ITALY - MARCH 07: Coach of SSC Napoli Carlo Ancelotti gestures during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 First Leg match between S.S.C. Napoli and Red Bull Salzburg at Stadio San Paolo on March 7, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

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Napoli took a commanding 3-0 lead over FC Salzburg in Europa League play on Thursday, behind goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Fabián Ruiz in the opening 10 minutes, plus a key second half own-goal to finish the scoreline.

Somehow, manager Carlo Ancelotti still wasn’t satisfied.

“It’s a good result, there are still 90 minutes to play and we cannot make calculations,” Ancelotti said after the match to Sky Sports Italia. “We did some things well, some not so well, and we’ve got to work on those. We allowed some dangerous counter-attacks and through runs that at 3-0 we really could’ve avoided. We can be impenetrable when we defend well, but we get too exuberant and try to push forward.”

While Napoli secured the big victory, the stats show that Ancelotti has a point. Salzburg racked up a whopping 20 shots including six on target, while Napoli had 16 shots with four on target. Salzburg also out-passed Napoli in the attacking third 129-99 and put together a 1.46 xG mark compared to Napoli’s 2.31 mark.

“Salzburg have proved they’ve got great pace and stamina, so we need to be on alert. We need to score at least a goal in the second leg, otherwise we’ll run risks.”

The biggest chance for the visitors came in the 82nd minute as Fredrik Gulbrandsen from close ranged forced a big save by Alex Meret. An away goal for Salzburg would have given Napoli something more to think about in the second leg, but as it stands Ancelotti still wants the team to believe it is under pressure.

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