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Ancelotti says defence will be key ahead of Arsenal match

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Published on April 10, 2019 - Duration: 01:22s

Ancelotti says defence will be key ahead of Arsenal match

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti says to attack better, his side needs to defend well against Arsenal.

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Ancelotti says defence will be key ahead of Arsenal match

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (APRIL 10, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) NAPOLI COACH, CARLO ANCELOTTI, SAYING: "Yes, of course.

We should defend better.

Which doesn't mean that we'll only play a defensive game (tomorrow), because when you play these kinds of games, you need to be able to do both phases.

Tomorrow is not going to be a decisive game, however, as I said in the past, it's a game that could steer the qualification.

It could be more or less difficult than the return game in Naples, because we know for sure there will be a return game in Naples, unless the schedule changes, but we know there will be (a game).

So, tomorrow's match will steer the difficulties of the return game in Naples and that's it.

In this context, defending well… I'm convinced that if we defend well we will attack better." 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) NAPOLI COACH, CARLO ANCELOTTI, SAYING: "The fact that there's been racist episodes represents a big scandal.

In Italy, it looks like it's the norm.

Maybe the difference is all there: when it starts to become a scandal for us too (in Italy), that a player is insulted in the field, when a people or a city are insulted, if that started to become a scandal, then we would get closer to them." STORY: Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti on Wednesday (April 10) said his side needs to defend well, but also attack if they are to defeat a tough Arsenal side in Thursday's (April 11) Europa League quarter-final first leg away in London.

Napoli are coming off a disappointing draw against Genoa in their Serie A game at the weekend, which Ancelotti has said he hopes will serve as a wake-up call to his players.

Napoli are currently a distant second behind Juventus in Serie A.

The side's defence has come into question and midfielder Alan said the team cannot allow for the sorts of "missteps" they've had of late if they want to throw Arsenal off balance.

Asked about the incidents of racism seen in European soccer lately, Ancelotti called it a "big scandal" and indicated more could be done to address the issue in Italy.

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