Catania President Antonino Pulvirenti says he sees Napoli as title contenders ahead of their arrival in Sicily on Sunday.
The Partenopei have won all three of their opening fixtures and have been tipped by many as a challenger to Juventus, while Catania lost for the first time against Fiorentina at the weekend.
“Do we fear Napoli? Yes, of course we fear them,” the President told Radio Kiss Kiss. “It is a strong team, as shown in the last years.
“I have said that the current Coach of Napoli can win the Scudetto. I had him for a time at Acireale. It’s true that this season there is a super Juventus, but it also could be Napoli’s year.
“It’s an important game, and sometimes in Catania we managed to beat the Partenopei.”
Indeed, despite his concerns, Napoli have never won a Serie A game against Catania, recording five draws and six defeats and scoring just four goals.
Forward Pablo Barrientos knows the Elefanti will need to rediscover their form after being held in Florence.
“This week we will look at the problems from Florence to improve for the match with Napoli. Ultimately, we conceded too many goals, but the blame is not only on the defence. The attackers have to lend a hand, we are a team.
“Napoli is a great team, they are very strong, but we aren’t far behind. It would be important to win, because to beat a club of this calibre would give a great boost.”