Walter Mazzarri brushed off new Juventus controversy to focus on a decimated Napoli’s difficult trip to Palermo. “I haven’t got time for Massimo Carrera.”
The Coach has traded barbs with the stand-in Juve manager ever since the contentious Italian Super Cup in Beijing. Carrera renewed the tension by saying he hoped “Mazzarri can win as much as a Coach as I did as a player.”
Mazzarri did not respond directly in his Press conference, insisting “I haven’t got time for Carrera. Maybe my assistant, who was a professional player, can reply when he has a minute.
“I don’t like making predictions, I just know that my team will fight for every game the way we did in Beijing up until it was 11 men against 11 against Juventus.”
Goran Pandev, Juan Camilo Zuniga and Andrea Dossena picked up bans in that 4-2 extra time Super Cup defeat and therefore miss tomorrow’s trip to Palermo, though Mazzarri won his appeal.
“Palermo are a tough team for everyone when playing on their own turf. If I have to talk about the bans, then that means talking about Beijing again. It’s certain we’ve been penalised down the left flank. I would’ve preferred for my touchline ban to stay and those of my players revoked.
“I am happy that not many people are mentioning Napoli as Scudetto contenders. I am focused only on tomorrow’s game.
“Looking at what happened over the summer, I’d say Juventus have strengthened, Inter changed and Roma were already a strong side last season. It’s going to be an unpredictable campaign.”
Napoli have added to their squad last night by signing Omar El Kaddouri from Brescia.
“He is a talent who completes our team and has similar characteristics to Marek Hamsik. I was one of the first Coaches to use the system with few real strikers to give reference points to opposition defences. Apart from Edinson Cavani, anyone can play in any role.”