‘I was angrier than anyone’: Gennaro Gattuso reveals he was furious that Napoli were not allowed to play last weekend’s match against Juventus as Italian boss’ side return to Serie A action with thumping 4-1 win over high-flying Atalanta
- Napoli failed to show up against Juventus for their Serie A match this month
- The Naples health board banned their side from going to Turin due to Covid-19
- Juventus were handed a 3-0 forfeit win after turning up to the match in Turin
- Gennaro Gattuso revealed he was livid that his side were not allowed to attend
- Napoli returned to Serie A action and beat high-flying Atalanta 4-1 on Saturday
Gattuso finally made his first comments on the controversial episode, which led to Napoli being handed a 3-0 defeat and having a point deducted by Serie A‘s disciplinary committee, after his side’s 4-1 win at Atalanta on Saturday.
‘I was angrier than anyone,’ he said, adding that Juve are rebuilding under new coach Andrea Pirlo and that he believed Napoli could defeat them.
Gennaro Gattuso was angry Napoli were not allowed to play against Juventus this month
Napoli didn’t show to last weekend’s match in Turin as their local health authority banned them
‘Juventus are the team to beat but, at the moment, they are a construction site. We were on the bus and ready to leave. I am angry that we didnât travel and I can assure you we did everything possible.’
Napoli said they were barred from travelling to Turin for the game by their local health authority after two players tested positive for COVID-19.
However, Serie A did not accept this, saying its own health protocol should have take precedence and the league refused to postpone the game.
Gattuso’s side returned to Serie A action on Saturday as they beat high-flying Atalanta 4-1
Hirving Lozano (right) scored twice as Napoli went 4-0 up at half-time on Saturday
On the other hand, Gattuso was delighted with his team’s display against Atalanta in Serie A on Saturday.
‘I didn’t expect it because I know all about Atalanta and what they are like,’ he said. ‘I saw a great mentality, great desire to win the ball, so much determination.
‘Atalanta are one of those teams that can win the championship because even today they played as a great team.
‘Against another team we would have scored six or seven goals today, but Atalanta stuck in there.’