Former Napoli player Salvatore Bagni has expressed his concerns about the inconsistent performance of the team and the constant presence of club president Aurelio De Laurentiis. Speaking to Italian newspaper Il Mattino, Bagni said, “Too many ups and downs and then some amnesia. When you give the opponent 50 meters you only play in 40 meters, something is not right. You play very well in one half and then give it away in the other. Conceding a counterattack goal against a team that would have taken months to score one. And now the qualification is getting complicated: we shouldn’t have to wait until the last day to secure a spot in the knockout stages. Especially since the group doesn’t seem particularly tough.”
Bagni also commented on the constant presence of De Laurentiis, saying, “I don’t know what he can add to the team, given that despite his presence, the performance has always been inconsistent. I was used to Ferlaino, who only came to the training ground on the Saturday before matches. He would greet us, have a quick chat, and promise us the bonus. That was enough for us. De Laurentiis at the training ground is like a tutor. It’s not good for the coach. Tutors are for people who are in difficulty. Garcia knows what he has in mind and what he has to give.”
Bagni’s remarks highlight the growing concerns within the Napoli camp about the team’s performance and the role of the club president. The comments come at a crucial time for the Italian side as they navigate the challenges of the ongoing season.