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Napoli coach Gattuso delighted as double change earns win against Sampdoria

Napoli coach Rino Gattuso was pleased seeing his changes make the difference after their 2-1 defeat of Sampdoria.

Substitutes Hirving Lozano and Andrea Petagna both scored to earn the three points for Napoli.

“We knew that we were going to have to struggle today, just look at all the results of the clubs who played in Europe this weekend," Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia.

“We used up a lot of energy on Thursday against Real Sociedad, we introduced other players and changed the system after the break, so we won.

“The first half was awful and we deserved to be losing at the break, but we made a lot of changes. Lozano is a quick player who can both attack and defend very well. Last season, he didn't have enough strength in his legs to maintain both, he'd fall over when he took a shot. Now he has rediscovered himself.

Sampdoria were well-organised with Claudio Ranieri's two banks of four. We struggled, but after the break we passed it better and caused them problems with our passing chains down the flanks."

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