Former Napoli player Salvatore Bagni has voiced his concerns about the team’s performance and the constant presence of club president Aurelio De Laurentiis. Speaking to Il Mattino, Bagni criticized Napoli’s inconsistent performance, saying, “Too many ups and downs and then some amnesia. When you concede 50 meters to the opponent, you only play in 40 meters, something is wrong. You play great in one half and give it away in the other. Conceding a counterattack goal against a team that would have taken months to score one makes everything more complicated in terms of qualification. We shouldn’t have had to wait until the last match to secure a spot in the knockout stages, especially as the group does not seem very tough to me.”
Bagni also questioned the impact of president De Laurentiis, stating, “I don’t know what he can add to the team, given that despite his presence, the performance has been inconsistent. I was used to Ferlaino, who only visited the training ground on the Saturday before games. He would greet us, have a quick chat, and promise us a bonus. That was enough for us. De Laurentiis being at the training ground is like being a tutor. It’s not good for the coach. Tutors are for people who are struggling. Garcia knows what he has in mind and what he has to give.”
Bagni’s comments highlight the growing concerns about Napoli and raise questions about the influence of the club president on the team’s performance.