Heres what Roberto D’Aversa had to say after this afternoons dramatic six goal thriller with Empoli;
“We’re bitter about the result, I can’t reproach my lads regarding their attitude in interpreting the match, especially as it was important to get going again after the defeats we have suffered. If we’re here complaining it’s because the lads have just played an important match at a difficult place to play, with the points at stake also being important. I know how hard the lads work during the week and I know how much they wanted to win this game. It was a difficult match, and the regret comes from the goals we conceded and the fact we didn’t make the most of Inglese’s chance to make it 4-2 or the opportunity that Kucka had when it was 3-3. I asked the lads to start picking up results again, and I don’t feel like I can reproach them for anything. I wanted to see a good attitude from the team, and the boys gave the maximum possible. Therefore, I’m satisfied.
“When you’ve got the opportunity to kill off a match, you’ve got to do it.For their third goal, three men threw themselves in front of the ball. This attitude pleased me because it was clear they were trying to do everything to not concede again. Even when the score was 3-3 we tried to win it. We’re disappointed at not having got the three points after going ahead three times. Our objective is survival, and this often means that you look at the negative aspects more, something which can lead to you to not dealing with things in a calm manner. We probably would have won this game some time ago, either because we were a bit more polished or because of a sense of calm that makes you do things with more certainty. We’ve now got 30 points and need to be happy with what we are doing, we have suffered a drop in form and it is possible that we will lose against some teams. Let’s not forget that we are a newly promoted side and that a year ago we lost 4-0 here.
“Inglese isn’t 100% fit but continues to fight out on the pitch despite this, Barillà was rested against Napoli after playing all of our games during the first half of the season. Sepe? Since he’s been here, I think Gigi has got it wrong in one game, he’s the first one that knows when he could have done better. In the first half of the season, he was one of the best goalkeepers in the league. I also know how great he is as a person, too. We have to keep on improving. It’s possible to have a dip, but you can’t do anything but praise the boys when you look at what they’ve done so far.We’ll continue to work to achieve our objective.”