Alessandro Birindelli, former Juventus and Empoli player, spoke at “1 Football Club”, a radio program hosted by Luca Cerchione broadcast on 1 Station Radio.
Napoli, Birindelli: “Azzurri have moved away from the Scudetto race. Zanoli is an important prospect “
Spalletti has often been criticized for inserting a defender per game in the running which can sometimes lead to getting too low. How do you see it?
“It depends on the interpretation that the players give on the pitch. I too, training the boys, sometimes I need to go to 3 but I try to avoid the numbers so as not to give counterproductive indications. Clearly if you insert a more proactive player you can raise the defensive line by 15/20 meters, in other cases if the form is misinterpreted and, if the opponents’ pressure is organized, you risk lowering yourself too much “.
Empoli-Naples arrives. So many pitfalls for the Azzurri?
“The pitfalls, when you face Empoli, are there because they are a team that loves to play without wanting to defend themselves to the bitter end. He defends himself by attacking, because it is his mentality and his way of being on the pitch. The results have failed but the performance has always been there. With Napoli it is important because the ranking is not so calm and there is a need to score points. Napoli are not doing very well now, we’ll see if this double blow that removed them from the championship race has left its mark “.
A comment on the young Zanoli
“I always say: let him play, let him be alone and avoid judgments, both positive and negative. He is an important prospect, a guy who can do well in Naples. Let him express his potential and, inevitably, let him also be free to make mistakes in order to gain that wealth of experience. We tend to praise them right away, as well as criticize them when they don’t play well. He certainly has character to sell, because it is not easy to play at Maradona. Should Napoli aim for it? Certainly. A guy who shows up with that serenity, beyond the fact that he can make a technical mistake, is a good prospect. It is right for Napoli to aim and believe in it ”.
How did you experience Calciopoli and that revoked championship?
“I tell you: the process was so long and tiring that, even today, I don’t understand how it ended (laughs, ed). There was talk of scandal, etc., then everything seemed to fade away. The director (Moggi, ed) is the one who has been most affected, even humanly. I know how hard he worked to keep that team at the top. We feel that Scudetto is ours because we know when we worked to win it on the pitch “.
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