Napoli’s Khvicha Kvaratskhelia: “Freedom is my signature”

Napoli superstar Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has revealed that freedom while playing on the pitch is his signature and has shed light on various aspects of himself.

The Georgian, who scored the spectacular goal for Napoli against Atalanta in the previous gameweek, recently spoke to NY Times and in the detailed interview, he gave his views and thoughts about a range of topics. He spoke about his career, arrival at Napoli, his playing style and Luciano Spalletti.

He revealed that he thrives on having the freedom to play on the pitch: “That freedom is my signature. It is something I recognize in myself. It is because I love what I do. When I am playing, it kind of carries me away.”

Spalletti’s system has allowed players like Kvaratskhelia to thrive, while having an over-arching approach in place but the players are given the freedom to make their own decisions on and off the ball, even though Napoli usually dominate possession.

On Spalletti, the Georgian said: “He told me what I would be expected to do for the team. We talked a lot about focusing on defensive work, about being part of team play and the importance of team spirit. That is what is really important to him: the spirit.”

He also spoke about his thought process at developing as a player and improving his skillset, focusing on the balance between passion and mind.

“You play with your heart, with passion, but you also play with your conscious brain. It is more a conscious thing than anything else, based on what you have learned in training, on the mistakes you have made previously, on the options that are there.”

Kvaratskhelia is the youngest player in the top five European leagues to score and assist atleast ten times each this season and things can yet get better, as Napoli go closer to winning the Scudetto.



Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN

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