Ancelo i restor­ing pride to Napoli in Europe

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

WHEN Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti looks at Paris Saint-Ger­main, he sees a squad trans­formed from when he be­came the first big-name hire by the club’s Qatari own­ers.

“There are many dif­fer­ences. Back then the squad was still be­ing con­structed. Whereas now the project has reached the fi­nal phase — win­ning the Cham­pi­ons League. PSG is now among the best squads in Europe,” Ancelotti said Mon­day, a day be­fore Napoli hosts PSG.

Ancelotti led PSG to the French league ti­tle in 2013, the first of five cham­pi­onships in six years. With a squad fea­tur­ing two of the world’s top play­ers in Ney­mar and Kylian Mbappe, the only cup miss­ing for the bigspend­ing Qatari own­ers re­mains the Cham­pi­ons League.

Hav­ing also coached Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bay­ern Mu­nich in re­cent sea­sons, Ancelotti raised some eye­brows when he re­turned to Italy for this sea­son with Napoli, a club that hasn’t won Serie A since Diego Maradona led the team to its only two ti­tles in 1987 and 1990.

While chal­leng­ing even­tual cham­pion Ju­ven­tus in Serie A last sea­son, Napoli looked like a poor shadow of it­self in Europe.

Last sea­son, Napoli fin­ished third in its group be­hind Manch­ester City and Shakhtar Donetsk and was rel­e­gated to the Europa League.

Photo: AP

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti, left, and for­ward Jose’ Calle­jon at­tend a press con­fer­ence in Cas­tel Volturno, near Naples, Italy on Mon­day.

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