Gennaro Gattuso urged Lorenzo Insigne not to blame himself for Napoli’s Supercoppa Italiana defeat to Juventus after he missed a chance to equalise from the penalty spot.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s close-range strike in the 64th minute, his 760th goal in professional football, put Juve 1-0 up in Wednesday’s clash.
However, Insigne had a golden chance to restore parity 10 minutes from time after Weston McKinnie felled Dries Mertens in the area.
Insigne sent Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way but shot woefully wide of the left-hand post.
An excellent save from Szczesny then denied Hirving Lozano an injury-time equaliser before Alvaro Morata finished off a rapid Juve break to secure glory for the Bianconeri.
Gattuso refused to pin the blame on Insigne, however, the forward’s miss seeing him spurn the chance 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 congratulate them on their efforts. We could’ve done something more perhaps, but we know these situations are difficult.
“In such an important game, you can have a little bad luck and that includes a missed penalty, but the save on Lozano at the 94th minute was incredible.
“We win and lose with everyone in the team, Lorenzo mustn’t think we lost because of him, as that’s just not true.”
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