Walter Mazzarri still won’t rule out Napoli’s chances of winning the Scudetto and warns Milan can do damage even without Mario Balotelli tomorrow night.
The Partenopei have a four-point advantage in second place going into the Sunday evening showdown at San Siro. Click here for a match preview.
“The mathematical chances of us getting first place are still open to any result, so why shouldn’t it happen? It’s true there is a low chance and we need to be realistic, but still...” said the Coach during his Press conference.
“We have a 14-point advantage over where we were last season, so I look at the statistics and say we are improving.”
Rossoneri hitman Balotelli sits out a three-match ban, so Giampaolo Pazzini is expected to partner Stephan El Shaarawy.
“Milan did well even without Balotelli and Pazzini is another great player. We have an advantage in terms of second place, but if we lose then that will be cut down to one point. We cannot think this way and have to give our all without making calculations.
“I heard some comments that acted as if we didn’t exist between Milan and second place, but now they are complimenting us, so I guess they changed their version. Milan changed a great deal this season and brought down the age of the squad, still maintaining good results.
“I watched the last game we played with Milan and we could’ve gone 3-0 up. We made life difficult for ourselves,” he said of the 2-2 draw.
“Every now and then it would do us good to win while playing badly. Looking at the performances, we usually deserve more than we actually end up with. It doesn’t hurt to win playing badly.
“This is an important test of our maturity and Milan-Napoli has always been a fascinating fixture, so we enjoy playing it. We are in good shape and have a great chance of victory. I hope the players won’t feel nervous or too reverential towards Milan.”
Napoli squad for Milan: De Sanctis, Rosati, Colombo, Britos, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Gamberini, Grava, Rolando, Armero, Behrami, Donadel, Dzemaili, El Kaddouri, Hamsik, Inler, Maggio, Mesto, Zuniga, Calaiò, Cavani, Insigne, Pandev
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