Carlo Ancelotti angered by Napoli changing rooms ahead of Liverpool Champions League game
Ancelotti: "Where are we supposed to get changed for the games against Sampdoria and Liverpool? I'm shocked at the incompetence of the people in charge of the work."
Last Updated: 12/09/19 4:50pm
Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has hit out at the state of the dressing rooms after a summer of renovation work at the San Paolo Stadium, five days prior to their Champions League Group E opener against Liverpool.
The Serie A club, who finished runners-up behind Juventus in Italy's top flight last season, played their first two league games of the campaign against Fiorentina and Juve away from home, while work on the stadium was ongoing.
Napoli host Sampdoria on Saturday, while Champions League holders Liverpool travel to Naples on September 17.
"I have seen the state of the dressing rooms at the San Paolo. There are no words," Ancelotti said in a statement.
"I accepted the club's request to play the first two games away from home to allow the work to be finished, as was promised.
"You can build a house in two months, but they weren't capable of renovating the dressing rooms! Where are we supposed to get changed for the games against Sampdoria and Liverpool?
"I'm shocked at the incompetence of the people in charge of the work.
"How could the Region, Municipality and Commissioners fail to respect the commitments that were made? It smacks of disregard and a lack of a bond with the city's team. I'm dismayed."
Footage released on Napoli's twitter account shows there is extensive building work yet to be completed inside the dressing rooms, with their clash with Liverpool just five days away.
The works, namely changing room improvements and video surveillance at the San Paolo, were supposed to be finished by the middle of September.
Carlo Perego, the administrator of Tipiesse of Bergamo, a company that carried out the restructuring works, rebuffed Ancelotti's claims about the competence of the renovation process.
He told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "The locker room work is over, except for small finishes that will be completed tomorrow.
"Delivery is scheduled for Friday, the date is confirmed. We are not late, indeed we are ahead on contractual times".
Architect Filomena Smiraglia, the director of the works also told the Italian publication: "I am baffled by the statement from Ancelotti.
"Also because today we had a visit to the dressing room of the vice president of Naples, Edoardo De Laurentiis, who complimented us in front of the workers for the work".
Liverpool will begin the defence of their sixth European title following their win against Tottenham in Madrid on June 1, when they travel to Italy next week.
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