Gennaro Gattuso urged Lorenzo Insigne not to blame himself for the loss to Juventus by Napoli’s Supercoppa Italiana after he missed an opportunity to equalize from the penalty spot.
In the 64th minute, his 760th goal in professional football, Cristiano Ronaldo’s close-range strike put Juve 1-0 up in the clash on Wednesday.
However, after Weston McKinnie fell to Dries Mertens in the field, Insigne had a golden chance to restore parity 10 minutes from time.
Insigne sent Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way but fired the left-hand post woefully wide.
Before Alvaro Morata completed a quick Juve break to win glory for the Bianconeri, an excellent save from Szczesny then denied Hirving Lozano an injury-time equalizer.
Gattuso declined to blame Insigne, but the forward’s miss saw him spurn the opportunity to score his 100th Napoli goal.
“I have to thank my players, as they did what we needed to. They were a little timid, especially in the first half, but reacted to the goal,” Gattuso told RAI Sport.
“These things can happen, I applaud them for their efforts. Maybe we should have done anything better, but we know it’s hard for these circumstances.
You may have a little bad luck in such a crucial game and that involves a missed penalty, but it was amazing to save Lozano in the 94th minute.
We win and lose with everyone in the team, Lorenzo mustn’t think we lost because of him, as that’s just not true.”