Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has gone on an explicit rant about the state of the changing rooms at his team’s San Paulo stadium, which will affect Liverpool’s trip to Italy next week.
The ground was being refurbished over the summer, but building work fell behind schedule and Napoli agreed to play their first two games away from home.
But now they have a home tie with Sampdoria at the weekend and host Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday – and the changing rooms are in no fit state for professional footballers.
Quite rightly, Ancelotti is not impressed with the company who’ve been contracted to get the work done.
“I saw the conditions of the dressing rooms of the San Paolo,” he told Napoli’s official website.
“There are no words. I accepted the company’s request to play the first two games away from home to allow the work to be completed, as was promised. In two months you can build a house, they have not been able to redo the changing rooms! Where should we change to play against Sampdoria and Liverpool? I am outraged by the incorrectness and inadequacy of those who had to perform these jobs. How have Region, Municipality and Commissioners been able to disregard the commitments made? I see a contempt and a non-attachment to the city team. I’m dismayed.”
Perhaps Liverpool’s players will need to get changed at the hotel and then dropped off by the bus before kick-off!
The fixture away to Napoli should be our toughest of the group, so if we can a win or even a draw, things will be looking pretty good.
We lost at the same venue in the group stages last season after a dour performance, so need to be vastly improved this time around.
If we get the three points, it’s Salzburg and then Genk twice – opening up the possibility of qualifying with two games to go.