Napoli midfielder Jorginho recently told Goal Radio that the players are backing under-fire manager Maurizio Sarri, according to a report from Football-Italia.
"It was just an incident which was totally wrong and he’s admitted it. It’s not fair to hammer him relentlessly like this." Jorginho was quoted as saying on Thursday. He went on to add that Sarri had immediately apologized and that the players have moved on and are focusing now on this weekend's Serie A clash with Sampdoria.
Sarri has been at the center of controversy this week after his alleged homophobic remarks toward Roberto Mancini during Napoli's 0-2 loss to Inter in the Coppa Italia quarterfinal on Tuesday. He has since been suspended for two Coppa Italia matches by the FIGC and Lega Serie A.
With this controversy hitting while Napoli are embroiled in a tight scudetto chase, Jorginho stressed that Napoli's players "have to remain calm, there’s still so much to do and we can’t lose our heads. We have to stay humble. We have to concentrate on every single match because there’s still a very long road ahead. If we don’t do that, it’ll become difficult. We have to do that, because you’ll lose mental strength if you start thinking about anything else."
Napoli are currently at the top of Serie A, two points clear of Juventus. They can't afford significant distractions right now, and we'll see this weekend just how this mess is affecting the team.