The Italian boss felt his side had the silverware they had the right to after a close match against the masters of Serie A.
Gennaro Gattuso cited the title “God of Football” applauded Napoli’s hard work when they beat Juventus to attain the Coppa Italia.
Observing a disappointing 0-0 draw, Napoli turned out on top in a penalty shootout on Wednesday, with Paulo Dybala and Danilo attempting in a 4-2 reversal from the goal.
Even having some primary alternatives to come and go, the Partenopei merited their success, gratitude in large part to the creativity of legendary Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
It exemplifies a first major victory for Gattuso as a coach, and he told Rai Sport: “Whoever does this job must have respect for it.
“We are lucky. This is why I get angry; there must be passion, respect, seriousness. Then there is a God of football who rewards you when you work well.”
In the moments following Napoli ‘s performance, Gattuso’s mind turned to his sister, Francesca, who passed away earlier this month after a cancer battle.
“The world of football has given me more than I deserved,” he said. “But you always think of your family first. In life, when what has happened happens to you, you don’t digest it.”
The coach is now excited to see Napoli kick on in Series A season closing weeks, sitting sixth, nine points behind Atalanta’s fourth-place finish.
“We have a duty to play these last 12 games with respect,” Gattuso added. “We must not think about giving up.”
Maurizio Sarri has now lost two finals Since taking over at Juventus and felt his side is still struggling to perform at their best after the coronavirus pandemic.
“There is a disappointment for the boys, for the club, for the fans, but at the moment we cannot express more,” he told Rai Sport.
“We have tried to press less high, our condition is not the optimal one, but we did the game with excellent levels of application.
“I think that at the moment we are struggling especially in terms of individuality and that this lack of brilliance is characteristic of this period.
“I didn’t say anything to the players, we were all very angry and disappointed and I think it’s better to be silent right now. We will talk about it.”