‘We must improve’ – Napoli’s Koulibaly calls for focus after PSG stalemate

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The centre-back wants the Stadio San Paolo outfit to do more despite maintaining their unbeaten streak in the elite European tournament this season

Following Tuesday's 1-1 draw against PSG, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has called on his teammates to keep improving and remain focus to secure passage to the next round of the Uefa Champions League.

Juan Bernat's goal at the stroke of half-time gave the Parisians the lead but Lorenzo Insigne's equaliser in the 62nd minute ensured both teams shared the spoils at Stadio San Paolo.

The result moved the Serie A outfit who are yet to lose a match in the competition to the summit of the Group C standings with six points from four outings.

With games against Red Star Belgrade and Liverpool still to come, the Senegal international who has played every minute of the Partenopei’s matches this term expressed delight with Tuesday’s result and has urged his teammates to keep working hard.

“I’m always trying to improve. It’s difficult to play in these games because you’re facing some top players. Today went more or less well,” Koulibaly told Sky Sport Italia, per Football Italia.

“We’re disappointed about the goal we conceded. We must improve and we know that there is still work to do.

“It’s always difficult to play against Liverpool or PSG, so we have to stay focused until the final whistle.

“It’s too bad that we conceded in first-half stoppages. We had to be more focused, but it’s still a good draw against a team full of players who can win the Ballon d’Or.

“PSG are a good team, who want to win the Champions League. Even though we were trailing, we held up well.

“Then in the second half, we came out with less fear and more courage. We could’ve scored two or three in the first 15 minutes.

“We’re happy with the draw. We could’ve scored the second goal, but PSG are very good and we did well.”

Since his arrival from Genk in 2014, Koulibaly has developed to become one of the key players in Napoli with the responsibility of marshalling the team's defence.

“I’ve grown in tandem with the team. Now we approach these games with less fear. I hope to do even better going forward,” he continued.

“I like one-on-ones. I’m a defender who likes duels, but now I have to use my head a bit more because sometimes I go a bit too far forward.

“I think the coach gets a little angry when he sees me coming out with the ball! As a man, aside from being a great coach, Ancelotti’s a good person. He’s humble.

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“We had Primavera[academy] players in training and he greeted them before we started. For me, that was an incredible surprise.

“When I see this, I think there are still some good people in the world. I hope that when I’m older, I’ll be as wise as him.”

Napoli resume league action this weekend with games against Genoa and Chievo before hosting Red Star Belgrade on November 28 for their penultimate Group C game.

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