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Napoli coach Spalletti dismisses Genoa complaints after victory

Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti insists they deserved their 2-1 win against Genoa.

There was anger from Genoa after Goran Pandev was denied a goal for a nudge on Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret.

“It was a foul, because the cross was over the striker, who turned his back and tried to make contact with the goalkeeper rather than the ball," Spalletti told DAZN.

“The goalkeeper only drops the ball because he makes contact with the forward, who was looking for the contact and backing into him. It's a foul, there's no point trying to deny it. The striker is never getting that ball otherwise."

He also said: “I am intrigued by Insigne and his ability to cover many different roles. When he went deeper, Elmas and Fabian Ruiz had to push up and attack the space.

“Insigne isn't like Mertens, who has the quality to run into the space, whereas Lorenzo's brand is to get it on his feet, turn and run."


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