Napoli manager, Carlo Ancelotti says the players’ form has made his rotation principle easier.
The Naples battered Empoli 5-1 in their Serie A game on Friday night with Belgium forward, Dries Mertens scoring a hat trick to steal the show and take the match ball home.
Ancelotti in a post-match interview according to forzaitalian heaped praises on his players especially hat-trick hero Mertens who have now become the club all-time leading goal scorer in Serie A.
He said, “I have never rotated as much as this before in all of my years in the dugout but that is because I have never had a squad of this kind before,” said Ancelotti when quizzed on his continued changes.
“This is a group of players that is very balanced in areas. Maybe some players are favoured and start more than others but they all give me confidence and that is why I’m confident in changing a lot.”
Speaking on Mertens the former Real Madrid coach said, “Mertens is going through a great moment and this is what happens when you do that. I also got angry with him during the game though because there was a period of the game when he played out wide.
“I told him that he had to stay in the middle if he wanted goals but he told me that assists are important too. He got goals and an assist in the end and as I said, is in a great vein of form.”
The game also saw the former Chelsea coach rotate his side for an incredible 14th successive game this season and he explained that the strength of the squad is what gives him such confidence to do so.