Gennaro Gattuso was rewarded with the title “God of Football” praised Napoli’s hard work when they beat Juventus to win the Coppa Italia.
It represents a first major triumph for Gattuso as a coach, and he told: “Whoever does this job must have respect for it. We are lucky. This is why I get angry; there must be passion, respect, seriousness. Then there is a God of football who rewards you when you work well.”
Meanwhile, since taking over at Juventus, Maurizio Sarri has now lost two finals and felt his side is still struggling to perform at their best after the coronavirus pandemic.
“There is a disappointment for the boys, for the club, for the fans, but at the moment we cannot express more,” he told Rai Sport. “We have tried to press less high, our condition is not the optimal one, but we did the game with excellent levels of application.
“I think that at the moment we are struggling especially in terms of individuality and that this lack of brilliance is characteristic of this period.
“I didn’t say anything to the players, we were all very angry and disappointed and I think it’s better to be silent right now. We will talk about it.”
On the other hand, the Italian boss felt his side finally had the silverware they deserved after a close match against the champions of Serie A.
Following a disappointing 0-0 draw, Napoli came out on top in a penalty shootout on Wednesday, with Paulo Dybala and Danilo struggling in a 4-2 reversal from the goal.
Despite having some major opportunities come and go, the Partenopei deserved their success, thanks in large part to the creativity of legendary Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
In the moments following Napoli’s performance, Gattuso’s mind turned to his sister, Francesca, who passed away earlier this month after a cancer battle.
“The world of football has given me more than I deserved,” he said. “But you always think of your family first. In life, when what has happened happens to you, you don’t digest it.”
The coach is now excited to see Napoli kick on in Series A season closing weeks, sitting sixth, nine points behind Atalanta’s fourth-placed finish.
“We have a duty to play these last 12 games with respect,” Gattuso added. “We must not think about giving up.”