Carlo Ancelotti is delighted his side, Napoli currently leads Group C after a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain took the Italian side closer to Champions League next round.
The Serie A side, Napoli came from a goal down at half-time to earn a second successive point against Thomas Tuchel’s men, thanks to Lorenzo Insigne’s 62nd-minute penalty.
The result lifted Napoli above Liverpool – shock 2-0 losers against Red Star Belgrade – on head-to-head results, having prevailed 1-0 when the teams met at Stadio San Paolo in October.
Ancelotti’s side also has the upper hand on PSG courtesy of away goals with six points and, with a visit from Red Star to come next, appear well placed to advance as group winners.
PSG’s next Champions League assignment is a home meeting with Liverpool that will go a long way to determining the fate of both clubs.
“I’m very happy, as we came out with a small advantage against one of the best teams in Europe,” Ancelotti told reporters in Naples after the game.
“To be honest, we didn’t expect Liverpool to lose in Belgrade, so now Red Star are getting involved and the group cannot be tighter.
“Our game plan was initially to stop the ball from reaching Neymar and [Angel] Di Maria, and it worked well overall.
“They had a lot of possession with their central defenders, and that’s fine. It could have been a lot worse for us.”