Luciano Spalletti praised the “great man” Kalidou Koulibaly after beating Juventus Turin and warned Napoli, “We are what we do, not what we say”.
The game had started with a nightmare for Partenopei when Kostas Manolas took possession of the ball for Alvaro Morata’s opener.
But Juve also made costly mistakes, from which Matteo Politano and Kalidou Koulibaly turned the game to a 2-1 victory at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium.
It keeps its perfect start to the season under coach Spalletti with three out of three wins.
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“A coach tries to make changes at half-time, but the players’ reaction is the most important thing,” he told DAZN.
“Nobody gives you results, you have to turn these things around. We did more in the second half, adding Adam Ounas in that position and that opened up a few more rooms.
“There was general pressure that led to mistakes from both Juventus and Napoli. Juve sat lower and their full-backs gave us problems because they played dangerous balls behind the defense. We have to do better.
“We deserved to win, but it wasn’t as clean a win as it could have been.”
Spalletti had already praised Koulibaly for the fact that he changed flights twice and went straight to the training ground after the international match with Senegal.
“He’s really remarkable. He always adds those two or three notches more than anyone else, he’s an exceptional leader and a great man. We are what we do, not what we say. “
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa was thrown straight into the starting XI on his debut and turned out to be one of the most impressive players in midfield.
“Anguissa has the qualities that we lacked in the team. What I need to bring to this squad is more composure to build on the good work Gennaro Gattuso did last season. Too often this team has a storm in the teacup, such as Osimhen’s red card for a reaction foul against Venezia.