NEWS
Tuesday August 23 2011
Mazzarri after 5-0 Barca loss

Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri is remaining upbeat despite Monday's crushing 5-0 friendly loss at Barcelona.

The Azzurri took on the European champions for the annual Gamper Trophy, but were taught a lesson by the Spanish giants.

"We came here to Barcelona to improve," the tactician noted. "The result only matters up until a certain point.

"The important thing is that we needed this match – to grow as a team and to get ready for the games that matter in a certain way."

Mazzarri was keen for his boys to taste the Nou Camp environment ahead of a season that will see them appear in the Champions League.

The tactician fielded a competitive starting XI which included last year's top scorer Edinson Cavani.

"It was always going to be a tough test against a side full of champions," the centre-forward commented.

"Now we just have to continue to work hard because we made a lot of mistakes against Barcelona.

"Things couldn't have gone worse out there. It's not nice to lose in such a manner."

Napoli also lost Miguel Britos in the game with an injury. The defender broke a bone in his foot and is set to be out for two months.

Barcelona 5-0 Napoli

Goals: Fabregas 26, Keita 31, Pedro 63, Messi 67, 77

Barcelona (4-3-3): Pinto; Montoya, Piquè, Fontas, Adriano; Fabregas (Messi 57), Keita, Thiago Alcantara; Kiko, Villa, Iniesta.

Napoli (3-4-2-1): De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Britos (Aronica 42); Maggio, Dzemaili, Inler, Dossena; Hamsik, Lavezzi; Cavani.

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