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Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri: We're better without Higuain

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has ended their media silence.

Napoli meet Crotone today after last week's defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League.

"The post-match atmosphere was calm, so there is the risk we might be neither angry nor relaxed, but I hope the lads can immediately send a signal against Crotone.

“I don't know if Arek Milik will start, but the lad's are in good shape and I'll decide tomorrow after the training session.

Roma and Lazio have dropped important points against the smaller clubs too, it's only Juventus who manage to not slip up with these sides.

“Last season we had Gonzalo Higuain who would resolve the home games, while now we do even better because we have other ways of interpreting the match situation.

“We lost Milik to injury, but that allowed us to rediscover Dries Mertens as a centre-forward. We play in a more frenetic way and tend to lose the ball more often, which in turn sparks more counter-attacks.

“We must focus on Crotone as if they were Real Madrid. I've been really cross with some of the goals we've been conceding on set plays later, as we are vulnerable in dead ball situations."

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