Spalletti hopes to pip Sarri’s Napoli to second

Ahead of the final Serie A game of the season, Roma head coach Luciano Spalletti has praised Maurizio Sarri, but feels his side have a good chance of finishing above Napoli.

As the Giallorossi prepare for their match against AC Milan, Spalletti has called his Partenopei counterpart the 'coach of the season', saying Sarri brought tactics he'd never seen before.

"Sarri is a great coach and I've followed his progress," Spalletti told Sky Sport Italia. "I thought I'd seen it all, but he was able to bring something else. I'd vote for him as Coach of the Year."

The two teams are currently battling it out for second place and automatic Champions League qualification, with the Naples outfit currently holding that coveted spot, two points ahead of the Rome club.

"We are in good physical and psychological shape," Spalletti continued. "We've done everything we needed to do.

"We're training well, but clearly Milan will be fired up, eager to defend their status and prepare in the best way for the Coppa Italia final.

"We will try to go there and play the way we know how. The lads are well aware of how to approach a game mentally now.

"I am satisfied at seeing my team play so well. During training we try some things and to see us play with that speed is the most pleasant response you can have.

"There are elements in training that we see replicated in a match situation."

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