Jose Callejon credited Diego Maradona for inspiring Napoli to a important 2-1 Serie A victory over AC Milan at San Siro.
The Partenopei and Argentina excellent visited the club’s coaching base in Castel Volturno this week to meet the players and head coach Maurizio Sarri ahead of a run of essential matches, having a Coppa Italia quarter-final against Fiorentina and also a Champions League last-16 meeting with Real Madrid to come in the following month.
Maradona’s influence absolutely seemed to possess helped as Lorenzo Insigne and Callejon struck inside the opening nine minutes of Saturday’s game, with Napoli ultimately holding out for all 3 points regardless of Juraj Kucka halving the deficit.
And the 29-year-old paid tribute towards the former star’s effect following what he believed was a performance that proved Napoli’s potential to challenge for the Scudetto.
“We deserved it. It really is always tough to play at San Siro but we showed we are a terrific group,” he told Mediaset Premium. “Yes, there was somewhat of the ‘Maradona effect’!
“Milan are a great side, we had been superb for the first 30 minutes but then they came back at us.
“We always would like to increase, and coming right here to win is proof of that.
“We are looking to keep there [at the top] and to help keep playing for it. We’re working nicely, with the proper mentality. We wish to keep going.”
Milan CEO Adriano Galliani felt the match was a excellent advert for Serie A, despite admitting that he had feared the quite worst when Napoli raced into a 2-0 lead.
“I am sad in the defeat, however it was a amazing match,” he told Milan Television. “The fans had exciting; there weren’t quite a few jeers at the final whistle for the reason that they saw we gave our all against a fantastic opponent.
“We had chances but you will need to accept the defeat if you never take them. I went in to the Napoli dressing room to compliment Maurizio Sarri, for the reason that he makes his group play definitely great football, just as Vincenzo Montella does.
“We were fighting back once again and I believe the gap from us for the best teams has seriously whittled down now. If you’d have interviewed me soon after ten minutes, I’d have believed it a nuclear disaster… You never ever know what will occur.”