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Napoli coach Spalletti admits Atalanta deserved their victory

Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti says Atalanta deserved their victory on Saturday.

La Dea won 3-2 as Spalletti served a touchline ban.

“I realise you are trying to help us out here by talking about the absentees," Spalletti told Sky Italia.

“However, Atalanta won a real game against a real team. We played a high level of football, we fielded a credible team that did things very well, but at moments made unlucky choices.

“This is a credible team that will allow us to stay in the group of the top teams, until we get everyone back and then we'll be able to rotate more, but this team as it stands is still enough to stay where we are.

“It would be reductive to say Atalanta beat a Napoli side that was decimated, because they won a real game against a real team."

Napoli have now conceded eight goals in their last four Serie A games, losing 3-2 to Inter and Atalanta.

“I am not worried, because in this job you look at the statistics, but also the attitude of the side and I found many positive things in tonight's approach. The team fully deserved to score an equaliser in the final 10 minutes, so I congratulated my players for their performance.

“What we are doing is right and I am convinced we will go far like this. We entertained the fans, who applauded us at the final whistle."


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