Walter Mazzarri admits Udinese made it “very difficult” for Napoli and is already looking ahead to the top of the table showdown with Juventus.
“It was a very difficult match, as Udinese were set out well and made it tough for us,” said the Coach after a 2-1 win.
“At the end of the day we did deserve the victory, but compliments to Udinese for their performance. I would’ve preferred to win in a more comfortable way, but last season we didn’t tend to win these games at all, so it is a sign of growth.
“There should’ve been a penalty for Giampiero Pinzi’s handling offence, as you could see him instinctively move his arm towards the ball.
“The break for international duty is a problem, as it makes things more complicated when we cannot train consistently, but that is true for all the big clubs.”
Marek Hamsik and Goran Pandev got the goals, but the Slovak international stood out.
“Even when Hamsik plays worse than he did tonight, he is still a quality player and always useful to the team. Marek doesn’t surprise me, although he is becoming more mature and more of a team player. He has grown a lot recently.”
Napoli are joint top of the table with Juventus and these two teams go head-to-head in Turin on October 20, straight back from the break for international duty.
“Juventus are unbeatable up until now, but we hope to achieve something extraordinary,” added Mazzarri.
“They start out as the favourites, but we are preparing for this game and working on certain aspects.”
Napoli needed this boost after Thursday’s 3-0 Europa League hammering at the hands of PSV Eindhoven.
“We decided with the club to build a squad capable of handling all the competitions, but it is not easy to achieve that.”