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

Munster set up Glasgow final clash

first_img Josh Matavesi’s effort left the Thomond Park faithful stunned, but television match official Gareth Simmonds determined it should be ruled out after a knock-on by Rhys Webb in the build-up. Munster should have killed off the young Welsh side by then, twice opening up a 13-point lead early in the second half. Simon Zebo’s seventh try in eight PRO12 games put them 11-3 ahead at the interval and Denis Hurley and Paddy Butler both crossed in the third quarter. The Munster fly-half missed both conversions and Webb, so often the source of inspiration for the Ospreys this season, responded almost immediately, picking off Stander’s pass from the back of a scrum to sting the hosts. Biggar was unable to convert and Stander initiated Munster’s response, countering from a kick and Kilcoyne again bulldozed through before Duncan Williams’ flat pass put Butler over from close range. Keatley’s conversion attempt came back off the left post and once more the Ospreys quickly answered back. The lively Hassler turned a loose Zebo kick into a terrific solo try as he burst clear from halfway and carried the Munster winger with him over the whitewash. Biggar’s conversion cut the gap to 21-15. The Ospreys threatened through Hassler and Matavesi as Munster were guilty of some more loose kicking, needing some crucial interventions from Butler and Williams in their 22. Biggar punished a ruck infringement with his second successful penalty, setting up a grandstand finish with 14 minutes left. Munster controlled possession for the most part, but the points eluded them as Keatley and Hanrahan had penalty misses and the Ospreys did well to keep out a lineout maul. There was late drama when Ospreys replacement Marc Thomas burst through a hole in the Munster defence and numbers on the right saw Matavesi slip through for what he thought was the clincher. However, an uncharacteristic mistake from Webb floored the Ospreys and put Munster on the road to Belfast next week. The Ospreys had a last-minute try disallowed as nervy Munster held on to clinch a 21-18 win and a place in next Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 final against Glasgow Warriors. However Ian Keatley had an awful day with the boot, missing out on 12 points and being successful with just two of seven attempts. Tries from Rhys Webb and Jeff Hassler kept the Ospreys in the hunt and a Dan Biggar penalty had the margin down to just three points. Keatley missed his final penalty attempt and his replacement JJ Hanrahan was wide with a central shot two minutes later, but the Irish province did just enough to squeeze through to their first PRO12 decider since 2011. The Ospreys burst out of the traps in Limerick with Hassler and Dan Evans exploiting space on the right wing and Biggar, who missed an early drop goal, almost releasing Scott Baldwin for a try. Paul O’Connell, in what could prove to be his final Thomond Park appearance for Munster, came to their rescue, snaffling turnover ball after Eli Walker was hauled down just short. The home side then went close as Dave Kilcoyne made good yardage and fellow prop Stephen Archer was smothered out in the left corner. Keatley cancelled out Biggar’s opening penalty on the quarter hour and although Munster lost Conor Murray to a knee injury, a second penalty from Keatley had them in front for the first time. There was little between the sides during a scrappy second quarter, Munster pressing from a stolen lineout before a crucial Baldwin poach. The Ospreys had a let-off for a block by Webb when Keatley put the resulting penalty wide. But Munster were deadly accurate on the stroke of half-time when, from a scrum on halfway, Keatley dummied past Webb and drew in two tacklers before strong running from CJ Stander and Butler gave Zebo a simple finish near the left corner. The Ospreys fell further behind just two minutes into the second period, with Stander carrying three times as the Munster pack roared forward and Keatley then released big centre Hurley for a smart finish past Walker at the corner flag. Press Associationlast_img read more