Due to his outstanding efforts with Serie A league leaders Napoli, Luciano Spalletti has been named the 2023 recipient of the Enzo Bearzot Prize.
The honor, granted to the finest Italian coach of the year by a jury made up of representatives from the major Italian sports publications, has previously been won by Roberto De Zerbi, Roberto Mancini, and Carlo Ancelotti.
Spalletti received the Enzo Bearzot Prize on Friday in Naples, according to Football Italia.
Due to Napoli’s great play on the field this season, Spalletti won. The Partenopei might even win the Champions League since they are just a few weeks away from earning their first Scudetto in more than three decades.
Spalletti began his speech at the event by talking about his time at Napoli and the expectations he had for his club.
“When you see photographs of Napoli and Maradona, you are compelled to feel and hold a certain amount of pressure; it is a result of the people’s love and devotion.
Here, people live and breathe football, but there is still work to be done; I made a deal with the team, and they are very clear about it. Then we’ll decide whether to celebrate.
“If we’re talking about contemporary football, Di Lorenzo has the ability to fulfill several roles and multiple jobs.
“Di Lorenzo is incredible. He builds up with excellence, and when he moves inside the pitch, he even matches the level of the midfielders. When he advances up front with his excursions, he is the player who displays most on the other team’s line.
Each player’s growth as a player, when combined with their particular qualities, makes for a highly strong team. Finally, I repeat to the kids what I stated in the morning: “You dribble better if you go to school.”
He talked about how it felt to advance to the Partenopei’s quarterfinals in the Champions League.
It’s something you have to fully experience; in 64 years, it has never happened to me! Some matches are so exquisitely beautiful that even the players themselves must exercise caution.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, one of this season’s breakout stars, was the last topic Spalletti covered.
“I had no reservations when we saw this skill. After working there and making some friends, I enquired further about him. Everyone assured me of his strength.
“The president gave me confidence, but he was apprehensive since he knew he played in the Russian league and may struggle at first in a league like ours.
Khvicha clearly demonstrated that footballing limits have shrunk.