Walter Mazzarri believes Napoli “deserved the victory” rather than a scraped point in their four-goal Udinese thriller.
The Partenopei fought back from 2-0 down at the Stadio Friuli after Diego Fabbrini saw red and Edinson Cavani’s penalty was saved.
“We played better than Udinese in the first half, creating more and wasting two or three important chances,” said the Coach.
“We conceded a silly goal with their first foray into our area. Napoli’s performance was excellent both before and after the break.
“Is there a penalty problem? These are young lads and it can happen to get a spot-kick wrong. Anyone in football knows full well it can happen. This season we have been a little unlucky, as both Marek Hamsik and Cavani have missed from the spot. We score them in training, but clearly on a Sunday the goal looks a bit smaller....”
Napoli and Udinese are just one point behind Lazio in third place, which is the final qualifying spot for the Champions League.
“It’s true that Udinese going down to 10 men helped us, as it opened up a few more spaces. If we hadn’t been distracted again, especially on their second goal, then in terms of performance I think we deserved a victory.”
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