Napoli UCL: Calzona Says Napoli Needs To Start From Scratch Against Barca

As Napoli takes on Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday, interim coach Francesco Calzona announced that the team will start over from scratch this season.

Following Walter Mazzarri’s dismissal on Monday, the 55-year-old Calzona was named in charge until the end of the current campaign.

With the dismissal of Rudi Garcia in November, Mazzarri became the club’s second managerial casualty of the season.

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“We start from today, press the reset button on everything, start a new journey.

” I found a team that was immediately at my disposal.

We don’t need many words, we need action right now, so got straight to work,” Calzona told reporters on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the first leg of the Champions League final-16 matchup between the Serie A champions and Barcelona will take place at home under his leadership.

We do not have much time, so I told the players we have no more excuses, we must improve our position at this moment,” he said.

“Clearly, Barcelona are a strong team, one of the best in Europe, even if they went through a few difficult moments.

“We will absolutely not be playing for a draw. If Barcelona do so well that they force us to play a draw, then we tip our hats to them, but we play to win.”

The team has collapsed since Luciano Spalletti left after winning the Scudetto the previous season, and they currently sit in ninth position in the Serie A rankings, nine points behind fourth-place Atalanta and 27 points behind champions Inter Milan.

Aurelio De Laurentiis is unhappy with the current situation, he has asked me to believe in our objective, which is to move forward in the Champions League and get up to fourth in the league,” Calzona said.

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