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Gattuso: Napoli will buy helmets and armour for Barcelona second leg

  • Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso is ready for a battle when his side make the trip to Barcelona.
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Modified 26 Feb 2020, 06:26 IST
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Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso said Napoli would buy "helmets and armour" to take into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona.

Despite going ahead through Dries Mertens, who equalled Napoli's all-time goalscoring record, the Serie A side were held 1-1 at home on Tuesday.

Antoine Griezmann levelled for Barca during the second half, although the LaLiga giants also had Arturo Vidal sent off late.

And Gattuso said his team were ready for a battle at Camp Nou on March 18.

"Nothing is over for us when we're playing the last 16 in the Champions League, not even when we play cards," the Napoli head coach told a news conference.

"We know the difficulties we are going through. We will buy helmets and armour.

"We will get all the necessary [tools] and will play the next game. Nothing is over."

While Mertens' brilliant finish gave Napoli a lead, a well-worked team move led to Griezmann's equaliser for Barca.

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Gattuso lamented his side's defending for Griezmann's goal, but was largely satisfied with their performance.

"I am disappointed because we made kind of a mistake defensively and they hit us. For sure we could do better," he said.

"When Lorenzo Insigne had his chance [Arkadiusz] Milik and [Piotr] Zielinski were not marked. Perhaps we could have exploited that situation in a better way. Same applies for [Jose] Callejon.

"There is some disappointment, we suffered but the team did almost everything right from a tactical point of view.

"I am happy for this, perhaps we could have done better passing. This is the only regret."

Published 26 Feb 2020, 06:26 IST
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