Napoli’s Eljif Elmas urges “maximum focus” ahead of potential weekend title clincher

NAPLES, ITALY - FEBRUARY 12: Eljif Elmas of SSC Napoli celebrates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and US Cremonese at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on February 12, 2023 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Napoli midfielder Eljif Elmas urged his side to stay concentrated as they close in on clinching their first league title in 33 years.

The Partenopei could mathematically be crowned champions this weekend should they defeat Salernitana and Lazio lose or draw against Inter. Nonetheless, Elmas insisted his side have to approach this weekend’s affair with the same level of focus as any other match.

“It’s going to be very difficult because I don’t think anyone wants to see another team win the title against them,” the North Macedonian told Radio Kiss Kiss.

“We mustn’t go out there thinking it’s the match that could make us champions; we just have to focus on winning it and everything else will come as a result. We can’t make mistakes and have to be ready to play the perfect match so that we can continue this extraordinary season we’re having.”

He added, “We came on at the right time but the credit must be shared both by those who started and those who came on. Our strength is the group. It’s happened lots of other times that we’ve won games thanks to our subs and it’s become the norm.”

Though, with the team edging closer to their first Scudetto since 1990, the midfielder admitted it’s a dream come true.

“As a kid, I never thought I’d win a league title. I’ve never been able to think about it because I thought it was beyond me. If I think about winning it with Napoli, it’s an even bigger dream.”

“I honestly can’t imagine what might happen in the city. I’ll wait to see the celebrations but right now we’re thinking only of Salernitana and on giving everything we’ve got.”