Manolas: ‘Ranieri tough to beat’

Kostas Manolas warned Napoli that Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri “knows how to set his teams out well, they are difficult to score against.”

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The Partenopei have won their last two big games against Lazio in the Coppa Italia and Juventus in Serie A, so is the crisis over?

“We must get more consistent results to say we have fully recovered. This is an important game because we need to climb up the table and build some momentum,” the defender told Sky Sport Italia.

“Ranieri is a coach with a great deal of experience, I worked with him at Roma last season. He knows how to set teams out well, it’s difficult to score against his sides, as they sit back and are ready to go on the counter. It’ll be tough.”

Italy coach Roberto Mancini is in the stands this evening, reportedly to watch Napoli defender Giovanni Di Lorenzo.

“Di Lorenzo went from Serie C to Serie A in only a few years, he is doing really well and I hope he can be in Italy’s Euro 2020 squad,” concluded Manolas.

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