Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso said he was angry that his team failed to play Italian champion Juventus two weeks ago due to confusion over the COVID-19 rules.
Gatuso finally made his first commentary on the controversial episode, which led to a 3–0 defeat to Napoli and was cut by Serie A’s disciplinary committee following Atlan’s 4–1 win on Saturday.
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“I was angrier than anyone,” he said, adding that Juve is rebuilding under the leadership of new coach Andrea Pirlo and believes Napoli can beat him.
“Juventus are there to defeat the team, but at the moment, they are a construction site. We were on the bus and ready to leave. I am angry that we did not travel and I can assure you that we did everything possible. “
Napoli said he was barred from traveling to Turin for the game by his local health authority, as two players tested positive for COVID-19.
However, Serie A did not accept this, stating that its own health protocol should take priority and the league refused to postpone the game.
On the other hand, Gattuso was pleased with his team’s performance against Atalanta in Serie A on Saturday.
He said, I did not expect this because I know all about Atalanta and what they like. “I saw a great mindset, so much desire to win the ball, so much determination.
“Atalanta is one of the teams that can win the championship because they still played as a great team. Against the other team we may have scored six or seven goals today, but Atalan stuck there.”