Kalidou Koulibaly: Napoli need winning mentality after AC Milan setback

Napoli's players are '100 percent' behind coach Gennaro Gattuso after Sunday's 3-1 loss to AC Milan, according to Kalidou Koulibaly.

Napoli’s players are ‘100 percent’ behind coach Gennaro Gattuso after Sunday’s 3-1 loss to AC Milan, according to Kalidou Koulibaly.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s double and an injury time effort by Jens Petter Hauge condemned Napoli to their third loss in the Italian top flight this season.

Rijeka is welcomed to Stadio San Paolo for their UEFA Europa League match on Thursday and the Senegalese center-back is optimistic about the team’s ability to pick up and bounce back.

Koulibaly said at a press conference; “We are all united and 100% behind the coach. We are upset about losing Sunday and the criticism we have come for.

“We didn’t give Milan that many chances, but unfortunately [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic made the most of the few he had. I have heard many things said about us, but we want to show that we are united and can recover.

“We know what we did wrong and we are working to correct our mistakes and improve. We need to acquire a winning mentality and see this criticism as an incentive to be able to respond on the field.

“We are totally behind the boss. We follow your instructions and we are sure that we are on the right track. We want to produce a great performance tomorrow and then get back on track in the league on Sunday. “

Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen is expected to miss Thursday’s start as he continues to recover from a shoulder dislocation suffered during the last international break.

He continued his therapy session with work out in the gym on Wednesday.

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