Walter Mazzarri is reportedly considering a radical change in formation for the weekend’s crunch Champions League qualification tie with Lazio.
Three points behind the Biancocelesti, Napoli know that a win in Week 31 will not only draw them level, but also see them at least temporarily take the third and final Champions League qualification place on the head-to-head ruling with Edy Reja’s side.
However, without Andrea Dossena, Christian Maggio, Juan Zuniga, Walter Gargano and Marco Donadel, Coach Mazzarri is facing a serious selection headache in preparation for travelling to Rome. To counter it, he is understood to be switching from the team’s traditional 3-4-1-2 system to a 4-3-1-2, with four centre-backs deployed at the back.
Specifically, Hugo Campagnaro and Salvatore Aronica, who both have experience of playing at full-back, are thought probable candidates to take right and left-back slots, with one of Miguel Britos and Federico Fernandez likely to come in at centre-back to partner Paolo Cannavaro.
There is also the suggestion that alongside Blerim Dzemaili and Gokhan Inler in midfield, Mazzarri will use Marek Hamsik, at the same time as then promoting Goran Pandev to the starting XI’s attack.
Probable Napoli XI to face Lazio: De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Britos, Aronica; Dzemaili, Inler, Hamsik; Pandev; Lavezzi, Cavani
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