Marek Hamsik admits he “will miss Ezequiel Lavezzi and Walter Gargano,” but Napoli can push forward even without them against Palermo.
Lavezzi moved to PSG and Gargano joined Inter on loan this summer, cutting down on the number of veterans at the Stadio San Paolo.
“It is strange being here without them, as they arrived along with me five years ago,” commented Hamsik.
“Naturally I will miss them, but we are not going to sit here crying about it.
“Although I did not mention the Scudetto, we can challenge anyone – big or small clubs. The favourites for the title remain Juventus.”
The Partenopei begin their season against Palermo on Sunday evening – click here for a match preview.
They are without the suspended Goran Pandev, Juan Camilo Zuniga and Andrea Dossena, but Marco Donadel returns to the squad.
Napoli squad for Palermo: De Sanctis, Rosati, Colombo; Aronica, Britos, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Fernandez, Gamberini, Grava; Bariti, Behrami, Donadel, Dzemaili, Hamsik, Inler, Maggio; Cavani, Insigne, Vargas
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