Athletic sporting director Jose Mari Amorrortu sees Napoli as a first class team but says his club have great expectations.
The two sides lock horns tomorrow evening in the first leg of their crunch Champions League play-off tie.
“The team travels with great expectations, it will be a great match,” Amorrortu said to reporters ahead of boarding Atheltic’s flight to Italy.
“Napoli are a solid team and a first class team, who can count on the work they did last year.
“The speed of their forwards is clear, just as their determination is after they have won the ball.
“I think it will be an even tie, qualifying would strengthen our group. We want to win in Napoli, then we will think about San Mames.”