If one thing was missing in the unrepeatable golden era of Napoli with a license plate Diego Maradona was the opportunity to face the big continental in the European cupsalthough in those years the Azzurri raised the only international trophy in their history, the 1989 UEFA Cup.
Napoli and European nights with Maradona: from the Bernabeu to the warm-up against Bayern
With the exception of the real Madridopponent of the first, historic match of the then Champions Cup, but in a closed-door Bernabeu, of the Juventus he was born in Bayern Monacorivals right on the path to triumph in Uefa culminating in the double final against Stuttgart, the late Argentine champion has never performed against the greats of Europe during his militancy in blue, even if one of the symbolic images of his seven years in Naples, that of heating under the notes of “Life is Life”, it is linked to an unforgettable European night, before Uefa’s return semi-final against Bayern in Germany, played on April 19, 1989.
Spalletti and the tribute to Maradona: “He would be proud of us”
Also for this reason the challenge between Ajax and Naples allowed to recall Diego, in the night that ideally united two of the best footballers of all time, Maradona and Johan Cruijff, to which the stadiums of the Lancers and the Azzurri are named. The duo of legends were summoned by the Dutch club themselves through a moving tweet before the match: “A legendary matchday”The title of the suggestive presentation of the Ajax match with a photo that portrayed the two myths sitting in the clouds in front of the TV to watch the game. After the show by Kvaratskhelia and his teammates, who won 6-1, in the press conference, it was then Luciano Spalletti to dedicate the magical night lived by the team to Maradona: “The guys were very good, we made many beautiful plays to see on a technical level. Maradona too would have been proud of us tonight”The words of the Tuscan coach, who did not hide the emotion in the press room.
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