Modified 27 May 2020, 23:46 IST
Napoli could be pressured 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 Corona Virus pandemic, leaving Napoli in sixth place and 9 factors adrift of Atalanta in fourth.
Before 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 could 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 positive 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 informed Stats Perform News.
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“The two most valued are Fabian Ruiz and Koulibaly; the latter is the almost certainly to depart. Physical and speedy, he is among the finest central defenders on the planet and may have his say within the Premier League, too.”
Reflecting on Napoli’s 2019-20 marketing campaign up to now, Dossena conceded the membership had underachieved with Ancelotti on the helm however felt Gattuso was having a optimistic impact.
“It was purported to be an incredible season for Napoli, the season with the most important finances,” he mentioned.
“The proprietor [Aurelio De Laurentiis] had spent lots and this was purported to be Ancelotti’s glory season. But 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 type of passing and a few established and clear concepts.
“But most of all he was logical in placing all of the gamers of their pure function, going again to the 4-3-Three formation.”