‘I was more angry than anyone else’: Gennaro Gattuso reveals he was furious that Napoli was not allowed to play last weekend’s game against Juventus when the Italian boss’ squad returned to Serie A action with a thumping 4-1 win over the high-flying Atalanta
- Napoli did not show up against Juventus for their Serie A game this month
- Naples health council banned their side from going to Turin because of Covid-19
- Juventus were handed a forfeited victory 3-0 after appearing in the match in Turin
- Gennaro Gattuso revealed that he was furious that his side was not allowed to attend
- Napoli returned to Serie A action, beating high-flying Atalanta 4-1 on Saturday
Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso said he was furious that his team did not play against Italian champions Juventus two weeks ago due to confusion over COVID-19 rules.
Gattuso finally made his first comments on the controversial episode, which led to Napoli being defeated 3-0 and a point deducted by the Serie A disciplinary committee, following his side’s 4-1 victory over Atalanta .
‘I was more angry than anyone else,’ he said, adding that Juventus is rebuilding under new coach Andrea Pirlo and believed Napoli could beat them.
Gennaro Gattuso was angry that Napoli was not allowed to play against Juventus this month
Napoli did not show up at last weekend’s match in Turin as their local health authority banned them
‘Juventus is the team to beat, but at the moment they are a construction site. We were on the bus and ready to go. I am angry that we did not travel and I can assure you that we did everything possible. ‘
Napoli said their local health authority prevented them from traveling to Turin for the game after two players tested positive for COVID-19.
However, Serie A did not accept this, saying that its own health protocol should have been given priority and that the league refused to delay the game.
Gattuso’s squad returned to Serie A action on Saturday when they defeated high-flying Atalanta 4-1
Hirving Lozano (right) scored twice when Napoli led 4-0 during halftime
On the other hand, Gattuso was delighted with his team’s performance against Atalanta in Serie A on Saturday.
“I didn’t expect it because I know everything about Atalanta and what they are like,” he said. ‘I saw a great mindset, a great desire to win the ball, so much determination.
‘Atalanta is one of those teams that can win the championship because they played as a great team even today.
“Against another team we would have scored six or seven goals today, but Atalanta got stuck in that.”