Ancelotti ‘outraged’ by San Paolo building work

MILAN (AFP) – Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Wednesday he was “outraged” by the state of the changing rooms at the San Paolo stadium following building work carried out by local authorities who own the ground, with the club’s Champions League opener against holders Liverpool in less than a week.

The Serie A outfit had to play their opening two league games away from home, at Fiorentina and reigning champions Juventus, due to the reconstruction of the stadium.

“I saw the conditions of the San Paolo dressing rooms. There are no words,” Ancelotti told the club’s website.

“I am outraged by the incorrectness and inadequacy of those who had to carry out these jobs,” he added.

The side, who finished 11 points behind Juve last term, are set to host Sampdoria tomorrow in the Italian top flight and Liverpool in Europe three days later.

“In two months you can build a house, they have not been able to redo the changing rooms! Where should we change to play against Sampdoria and Liverpool?”

“I see a contempt and a non-attachment to the city’s team. How have the region, municipality and commissioners been able to disregard the commitments they made?”

However, the director of renovations at the stadium insisted work would be completed as planned by today.

“I am baffled by the statement by Ancelotti,” architect Filomena Smiraglia told Gazzetta Dello Sport.

“Also, because today we had a visit of the dressing room by the Vice President of Napoli Edoardo De Laurentiis, who complemented us in front of the craftsmen for the work.”

Contractor Carlo Perego, whose company Tipiesse carried out the work, said they were in fact “ahead of schedule”.