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UCL: Napoli coach Spalletti proud of his players after Ajax rout

Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti was proud of his players after their 6-1 rout of Champions League opponents Ajax.

Raspadori struck twice, inflicting the worst home defeat in Ajax’s European history.

Piotr Zielinski, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Kvicha Kvaratskhelia and Giovanni Simeone completed the thumping.

“It was a good game, what counts is the performance,” Spalletti told Sky Italia.

“If we look at Serie A, if we hadn’t won on Sunday, those behind us would’ve caught up, we could find ourselves fifth or sixth in the space of a week. It’s fun to enjoy the ride, but the moment this game ends, we go home and start focusing on the next match. On Sunday we’re facing a Cremonese side in good shape, who are fired up for the occasion, we used up a lot of energy and need to get ourselves ready.

“We have had some great Champions League results and performances, that is true, as my team played great football, pressed constantly, tried to score at any moment and felt confident against a very strong side that knows how to play football. They were also pretty tough, as there were 14 fouls against two.

“A result and performance is also only as good as your opponent and Ajax are a club that everyone can learn from, so this is an important result.”

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