Napoli coach Spalletti delighted with victory at Rangers; happy with Ndombele

Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti was left delighted after their 3-0 Champions League win at Rangers.

James Sands was sent off for Rangers, while Alan McGregor saved Piotr Zielinski’s penalty. But Napoli won through goals from a Matteo Politano spot-kick, Giacomo Raspadori and Tanguy Ndombele.

“After this game we’ve got to keep our brains switched on and not get ahead of ourselves, even if it is a very important result,” Spalletti said afterwards.

“Rangers hadn’t been in the Champions League for 12 years, so we knew they’d have this ferocious start to the match in a legendary stadium, but we held out, we played, we never lost sight of our objective and where we wanted to take this game.

“We did not use our quality enough in the final third during the first half, but then did it better after the break. What we did do was fight for every ball and we needed that here.”

Liverpool and Ajax are now on three points, with Napoli out in front on six.

“As we brought home the victory against Liverpool, failing to get three points this evening would’ve been like handing back that advantage we earned. It was difficult, but the team never had doubts on the attitude to take.

“I am very happy with my lads, it is a signal for ourselves, because we need confirmation to make us believe in our capabilities. Those who came off the bench did really well, Ndombele showed great physical strength in those battles, he is tough to push off the ball.”