Real Sociedad coach Imanol Aguacil has stoked the fires ahead of the Europa League clash with Napoli by insistingDiego Maradona would struggle to be selected in the La Liga’s team XI.
The Spaniards welcome Napoli to Anoeta Stadium for the continental clash on Thursday, having won their first game in the competition 1-0 against Croatia’s Rijeka last week.
Aguacil has been delighted with his team’s performances to start the season and believes Napoli icon would battle to get in his team ahead of players with workrates like Silva.
“Maradona would find it hard to get into our team,” Aguacil said in his post-match press conference.
“He could do it all on the ball, but not so much without it.
“We have David Silva who has almost the same talent, but also works hard.”
Maradona scored 115 goals for Napoli across seven seasons as he led the club to two Serie A titles, a UEFA Cup and a Coppa Italia.
Silva joined Real on a free transfer from Manchester City prior to this season, where the Spanish international won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four Carabao Cups.
The 34-year-old has slotted effectivelyinto the Real system, and while he hasn’t scored yet across seven apperances in all competitions, he has contributed two assists.
Silva himself has admitted to having troubles adapting back to Spanish football, having spent 10 years in England after leaving Valencia for Manchester.
“I have played four games with Real Sociedad and I have been booked twice,”he toldthe Times earlier this month.
“I think I may have a problem with the referees and I need to get back used to it!”
He said, however, that he had similar issues when he arrived at Manchester Cityfrom Valencia in 2010.
“I came from the World Cup and barely made the pre-season,”he added.
“When I arrived I saw football pass so fast. Everything was flying over me and there was no pause. I felt overwhelmed in some moments.”
Source : goal.com