Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro hopes today’s top of the table clash with Juventus “can set off that extra spark within us.”
They are joint Serie A leaders going into the 17.00 UK time kick-off, which you can watch LIVE on your computer.
“Is it a Scudetto showdown? I hope that it can become that over time. At the moment it is a challenge between the top two teams in the table,” Cannavaro told Sky Sport Italia.
“It is a very important match indeed, but in any case will not be decisive for the title.
“Perhaps it can set off that extra spark within us, that renewed awareness of our own potential. After all, Juventus dominated last season and ended unbeaten, so the statistics suggest they are the favourites.”
The defender also sees a crucial role at Napoli for Coach Walter Mazzarri and President Aurelio De Laurentiis.
“The President is like a father who intervenes at the right time and knows when to praise you without letting it get to your head. His interventions are always targeted and useful.
“I have never had confusion over anything the Coach has said. When a Coach tells you the truth, you learn to appreciate him. Right now I believe Mazzarri to be among the top tacticians in circulation.”