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striker Dries Mertens has urged his team-mates to respond positively
after the Partenopei were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League on
Maurizio Sarri's charges lost 2-1 to Feyenoord in their final Group F
encounter, leaving them third in the group behind Manchester City and
Shakhtar Donetsk, and relegating them to the Europa League. Piotr
Zielinski put the Italian side in the lead after only two minutes, but
Nicolai Jorgensen and Jeremiah St. Juste secured the win for Feyenoord.
The defeat also came less than a week after Napoli lost 1-0 at home
against Juventus in Serie A, which saw them drop to second position in
"We are in a difficult period and we didn't manage to play our usual football," Mertens told UEFA's official website.
"During every season you have to face a spell like this, but we want to return to our usual standard as quickly as possible.
"It was not easy tonight after hearing the score from the other game,
but we have to look at ourselves in the mirror and try to understand
how to start playing our best football again.
"We are a solid group and I’m sure we will do it.”