Kalidou Koulibaly: Napoli Have Nothing To Lose
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has insisted that his side have nothing to lose as they head into the final four fixtures of the Serie A campaign. The Naples outfit looked down and out in the pursuit of the league title earlier this month but their victory over Juventus suddenly sees them with a strong chance of lifting the Italian crown.
Maurizio Sarri’s side appeared on course to pick up a draw during their recent visit to Turin but Koulibaly came with a dramatic headed winner to ensure a close 1-0 win for the visitors. As a result, Juventus’ lead at the top has been cut short to just one point and Koulibaly believes Napoli can overturn the deficit in the remaining four games.
He said: “We have nothing left to lose with regards to the Scudetto race after beating Juve. We must keep winning starting against Fiorentina. The Scudetto would be a historic achievement for Napoli because they haven’t won it since 1990, so we’ll do everything to make it happen.We’re happy with what we’re doing. Many fans welcomed us at the airport on their return from Turin. We wondered what would happen in the event of the Italy flag on our shirts…”
Both teams face sides in the top-half of the table in the coming weeks but Juventus, in particular, have a much difficult schedule with a couple of tricky away trips to AS Roma and Inter Milan. As such, Napoli’s chances of winning the Scudetto are likely to increase and they need to maintain a perfect record in the remaining weeks in order to end their 28-year wait for the title.
Meanwhile, Koulibaly could be spending his final season with Napoli amid the current speculation over his future. The Senegal international has long been linked with a move to Chelsea and reports suggest that the Blues could be prepared to pay a club-record £65m in order to lure him to Stamford Bridge.