Controversial Napoli chief angers Liverpool with bizarre rant at city

Date published: Wednesday 24th October 2018 1:12 - James Marshment

Outspoken Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has taken what many will perceive to be a cheap shot at Liverpool.

The Napoli chairman, often known for letting his tongue run away from him, has taken the unusual step to criticise the club and the city ahead of his side’s Champions League clash against PSG at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday evening.

In an interview with Le Parisien, De Laurentiis offered his strange view on life in Liverpool after discussing the happiness of PSG’s former Napoli frontman Edinson Cavani.

“Can you imagine waking up every day in Liverpool? You only have the house of the Beatles, Abbey Road.

“In Paris, there’s loads of things to see, but the climate isn’t great like in Naples.

“You’d have to be crazy not to be happy in Naples. At home, I have the best view of Rome, but I’d always swap it for that of Naples, just like my house in Los Angeles. These kids (the players) have to wake up, train and they’re done for the day. We pay them to have fun.

De Laurentiis has previously criticised PSG’s signing of Neymar as “obscene”, while also claimed last month that he may try and move his side’s home Champions League matches to a neutral venue.

REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, ITALY - AUGUST 23: SSC Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis looks on before the Serie A match between US Sassuolo Calcio and SSC Napoli at Mapei Stadium - Città del Tricolore on August 23, 2015 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

“They also have the freedom of living in an idyllic situation.”

Napoli beat Liverpool 1-0 in their last Champions League encounter, while Jurgen Klopp’s side on Wednesday face Red Star Belgrade as the Champions League’s ‘group of death’ faces another interesting matchday.

 

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