Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso discussed the Partenopei’s 1-0 loss to Inter and their upcoming Serie A clash against Lazio when speaking to gathered reporters in a press conference yesterday. His words were noted by Italian media outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi.

The performance must remain, certainly, the bitterness of the result, we did not deserve to lose. We played against a candidate for the Scudetto, they’re a technical team that creates problems because they’re very physical.

Today my team did what they had to do, the regret remains. We have to restart from today’s performance.

He then spoke about the condition of 33-year-old Belgian forward Dries Mertens, who went off injured after only 16 minutes against the Nerazzurri.

I’ve spoken to him, he has a swollen ankle, a sprain. We will evaluate him in these days, he will surely not be there for the match against Lazio.

Mertens has made 17 appearances across all competitions so far this season, for a total of 1101 minutes. In that time, he has scored five goals and provided seven assists.

Napoli are currently 4th in Serie A after 12 games, sitting on 23 points, five ahead of the Biancocelesti.