Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti preached caution before his side's Europa League quarter-final against Arsenal.
Speaking to reporters at the Emirates on Wednesday, the Italian veteran praised his opponents resurgence under new coach Unai Emery.
«New players have arrived and this is a new era. Arsenal are still competitive in the Premier League and in Europe,» Ancelotti remarked.
Once rumoured as a... Еще potential replacement for long-serving manager Arsene Wenger, he dismissed talk as speculation.
«I was not involved in the new era of Arsenal without Arsene. I sometimes talk with him but not about his replacement. We talk French wine.»
For his part, Emery was quick to praise his opposite.
«I have respect for every coach and I think Ancelotti is top,» he said. «He has experience in all countries and his career as a coach is amazing.»
The first leg will be played at the Emirates on Thursday at 19:00 GMT.