Monday April 21 2014
‘Napoli’s reserves aren’t up to it’

Gaetano Fontana believes that Napoli’s shortcomings this year centre on a selection of reserves that do not match up to the first team.

The Vesuviani are in line to finish third in Serie A this term, despite significant investment in the market last summer for Rafa Benitez’s debut campaign.

For one of the club’s former midfielders, who now works as Coach at Nocerina, where the Partenopei have fallen short has been in a lack of squad depth.

“We need a greater internal competition. The reserves are not up to the standard of the regulars, particularly in defence and midfield,” Fontana has considered today to

“The club must intervene. There are important technical ingredients to this team, but they must be supported with players of a certain calibre who know how to drag the team during moments of pressure.

“Third place? It is practically one step away, but as Giovanni Trapattoni said ‘do not say cat until it is in the bag’.

“As long as you do not have mathematical certainty, it is necessary to avoid talking about it.”