Napoli president De Laurentiis: Players soaked me in locker room

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis hailed his team after victory at Villarreal and progress to the Champions League.

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis hailed his team after victory at Villarreal and progress to the Champions League.

He was in Spain for the 2-0 victory over Villarreal that saw them reach the last 16, sending Manchester City to the Europa League.

“I was always happy with this group, right from the day of the draw. I immediately thought of how much my team would grow, as you only mature after facing the biggest teams,” said De Laurentiis.

“I thank these lads for the great performance they gave, but above all for honouring the colours of this city and our fans to the very last second.

“They soaked me in the locker room, as they’re having such a party down there. I risked a hernia!”

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