Carlo Ancelotti reacts as Napoli suffer triple injury blow ahead of Arsenal Europa League clash

first_img Comment Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Video Settings Read More / Advertisement by Metro Read More Top articles SPONSORED PLAY Skip Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Coming Next 1 min. story Full Screen Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Mar 2019 4:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShares About Connatix V67539 Carlo Ancelotti succeeded Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri as Napoli manager in the summer (Picture: Getty)Napoli have suffered a triple injury blow ahead of their Europa League quarter final with Arsenal.Star forward Lorenzo Insigne, former Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches and Guinea international Amadou Diawara have all been ruled out of action for three weeks.The trio will almost certainly miss Napoli’s next four Serie A matches and face a race against time to regain fitness ahead of the first leg against Unai Emery’s side at Emirates Stadium on April 11.Napoli booked their place in the last eight, despite a 3-1 second leg defeat against RB Salzburg, progressing 4-3 on aggregate Arkadiusz Milik’s decisive away goal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT 1/1 Skip Ad More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityReacting to facing Arsenal, Ancelotti said: ‘[The draw against Arsenal is] a difficult but very fascinating challenge for us, for the club and for our fans.’Goalkeeper David Ospina, currently on loan from Arsenal, meanwhile, will be eligible to play against his parent club although Ancelotti has selected current No.2 Alex Meret in the last two rounds.Arsenal overcame a first leg deficit against Rennes on Thursday night, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring twice in a 3-0 win. The Gunners were also forced to come from behind in the previous round against BATE Borisov and wing-back Sead Kolasinac admits his side cannot afford to play catch up against more established competition. Lorenzo Insigne is a doubt for the first leg against Arsenal in April (Picture: Getty) Emery ‘excited’ by prospect of winning Europa League with ArsenalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:11FullscreenEmery ‘excited’ by prospect of winning Europa League with Arsenal is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘It’s always very difficult when you lose the first game,’ the 25-year-old stated post-match.‘We are aware of that, it’s not something we want to do of course. It is something we are going to work on in the next round. Of course, the key will be to start better than we have in these last two ties.‘We didn’t put ourselves in a good position at the end of that first leg. Having said that, I think that away goal was crucial for us.‘It was difficult for us because we had to play with 10 men for about 50 minutes of that first game as well. We made it difficult, but we knew how strong we are at home and we deservedly went through tonight.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Carlo Ancelotti reacts as Napoli suffer triple injury blow ahead of Arsenal Europa League clash Advertisementlast_img read more

Badgers’ efficient shooting not enough against Spartans

first_imgThe inability to shoot the ball has plagued the Wisconsin women’s basketball team all season, but that was not the case Thursday evening.The Badgers made over half of their shots from the field, but still lost to No. 23 Michigan State (18-8 overall, 10-3 Big Ten) 76-66.Wisconsin (10-16, 3-11) shot 50.9 percent from the field, converting 27 of their 53 shots. Junior forwards Michala Johnson and Jacki Gulczynski were the most efficient shooters for the Badgers. Johnson made six of her seven shots, and Gulczynski made all five of her attempts.Gulczynski finished with 11 points, while Johnson tied for a team-high 15 with senior Taylor Wurtz.“You have to take high percentage shots,” head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “We tried to open it up for them and try and get them going to the basket. We’re just trying everything we can to help them, and they’re trying hard as well. Just a shot here, or a box out there and it would be a different story.”Wurtz took advantage of this spreading of the defense, but made less than half of her shots on the night, going 7-15 from the floor. However, she was the offensive spark for Wisconsin, penetrating into the lane and trying to get looks close to the hoop.“I feel like I had open lanes, ” Wurtz said. “We went to sort of a five-out offense, and I had some opportunities to drive.”Guards Nicole Bauman and Morgan Paige almost broke double-digit point totals on the evening. Bauman had eight points and Paige added nine. Bauman’s two field goals came from behind the arc, but missed all of her shots from two-point range, finishing with a 2-7 mark from the floor. Paige connected on half of her shots, including the only other three for UW, going 4-8 from the field.Wisconsin attempted only ten three-pointers, connecting on three and finishing at a 30 percent mark from downtown, and the Badgers shot 75 percent from the charity stripe (9-12).“We did not take as many threes,” Kelsey said. “I think that’s helpful that they’re not just standing out there jacking it up.”Although Wisconsin had a better shooting percentage than Michigan State, the Spartans outshot the Badgers 62 to 53. MSU made 28 of those attempts, shooting 45.2 percent in the game. The Spartans picked it up in the second half, shooting 48.1 percent (13-27) compared to 42.9 percent (15-35) in the first half.The main reason for the Michigan State’s higher number of attempts lies in the fact that they had 16 offensive rebounds in the game, compared to Wisconsin’s 8.“We work on boxing out every day,” Kelsey said. “We have to do it in the game, it can’t be that we practice it but don’t execute it in the game.”Turnovers doomed the Badgers as well. UW coughed it up 14 times, with Bauman turning it over six times. Not only did Michigan State force these miscues, they capitalized as well, scoring 21 points off of turnovers.“We tried to be up in our gaps a bit more, since they [Wisconsin] are a very good driving team,” MSU head coach Suzy Merchant said. “We got some good opportunities there.”If Wisconsin seemed to have a balanced scoring attack, Michigan State’s team spread the wealth and then some. Six of the seven players who played more than 10 minutes reached double-digit totals. Becca Mills led the way with 15 points for MSU.“We tried to go to our zone,” Kelsey said. “But they still beat us. They’ve got some great athletes over there, there’s a reason why they’re ranked in the country.”Mills and Jasmine Hines (10 points) were just to physical in the post for the Badgers and provided matchup problems for UW.“We’re not going to feel sorry for ourselves,” Kelsey said. “We’re just going to put our shoulders back and we’ll get a breakthrough, I believe it.”last_img read more