Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti seemed magnanimous in victory last night after his side defeated Liverpool 2-0 in their opening Champions League group stage clash.
James Pearce, Liverpool reporter for The Athletic, tweeted post-match reaction from Ancelotti in which he said that the Reds had “taken complete control of the game” before Napoli’s two late goals “came from curious and unusual circumstances“. [via @JamesPearceLFC]
Ancelotti: “Just when it seemed that all was lost and Liverpool had taken complete control of the game, the two goals came from curious and unusual circumstances.”
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) September 17, 2019
Napoli had recorded just one shot between the 54th and 81st minute when they were awarded a penalty after Andrew Robertson was adjudged to have fouled Jose Callejon, even though the contact appeared minimal. VAR also failed to overturn the decision, giving Dries Mertens the chance to score from the spot and give Napoli the lead. [via Sky Sports]
The insurance goal came in stoppage time after an uncharacteristic error from UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk, whose misplaced pass ended up at the feet of Fernando Llorente and the substitute dispatched it to the net to complete a 2-0 victory. [via Sky Sports]
These Liverpool fans on Twitter were appreciative of Ancelotti’s acknowledgement about his team’s two goals:
Mr Ancelotti is always fair but yeah, I am depressed not gonna lie. It’s just so unfair and no one seems to do anything about it
— Julian (@Julian_01m) September 17, 2019
Ancelloti is a great man, would’ve took him after Rodgers at the time, born winner as a player and manager
— Nathan Duffy (@NathanDuffy1996) September 17, 2019
Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt! Always talks sense does Carlo Ancelotti. Top gaffer!
— Chris Wright (@chriswright35) September 17, 2019
An Honest manager..Much respect
— Henroo Chibueze (@ChibuezeHenroo) September 17, 2019
— Paul (@OKane_LFC) September 17, 2019
— Robbie Whelan (@RobbieWhelan7) September 17, 2019
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