Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti reveals how to make Liverpool ‘controllable’ after holding Jurgen Klopp’s men to a point at Anfield in Champions League
- Napoli earned a valuable 1-1 draw away at Liverpool in the Champions League
- Dries Mertens put Napoli ahead before Dejan Lovren rescued a point for the Reds
- Carlo Ancelotti has since revealed how to quieten Liverpool’s deadly attack
Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed how to make Liverpool ‘controllable’ after earning a valuable 1-1 draw in the Champions League.
Dries Mertens put Napoli ahead at Anfield thanks to a fine finish in the first half before Dejan Lovren rescued a point for the Champions League holders in the 65th minute on Wednesday night.
The Reds were far from their fluid best and that’s credit to Ancelotti’s Napoli side, who put in a stubborn defensive performance following a hugely difficult few weeks off the field.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli side earned a valuable 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Wednesday night
And following the final whistle on Merseyside, Ancelotti has claimed the way to quieten Liverpool’s attacking threat is to limit them to ‘reduced spaces’.
The 60-year-old Italian told Sky Sport Italia: ‘We changed the players, but not the basic structure of the team.
‘Di Lorenzo played wide on the left when we had the ball, then got back to help the midfield in a 4-4-2 when defending.
‘Liverpool have enormous quality, but they become more controllable when they are forced to play within reduced spaces.’
Dries Mertens put Napoli ahead at Anfield in the Champions League thanks to a fine finish