Kalidou Koulibaly has vowed he and Napoli will come back stronger after the disappointment of losing to Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana.
A 2-0 defeat on Wednesday meant Gennaro Gattuso lost out to former Milan team-mate Andrea Pirlo in the battle of the coaches.
Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata came either side of Napoli missing a penalty, with Lorenzo Insigne off target from the spot.
Koulibaly, who has been among Europe’s most coveted defenders in recent seasons, says Napoli will not be broken by the disappointment of missing out on the trophy.
The Coppa Italia holders, who beat Juventus on penalties to land that accolade in June, sit third in Serie A, with only Milan and Inter ahead of them.
“A defeat gets even harder to accept on the day after. But it doesn’t last long,” he wrote on Instagram.
“The desire to fight for new wins is stronger.”
Koulibaly attempted more passes (63) and made more clearances (six) than any other Napoli player, with the game decided on fine margins.
Napoli, a point ahead of Juventus in Serie A, are back in league action when they face Hellas Verona on Sunday.
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