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Friday September 16 2011
Napoli-Milan not a title decider

This weekend's Napoli-Milan game will mean nothing in terms of the Scudetto race, says Rossoneri official Adriano Galliani.

The two title contenders meet at the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday night, but Galliani is under-playing the importance of the tie.

"It would be excessive to talk about the Napoli game as a Scudetto clash," he told Sky Sport Italia. "This is just the second game of the season…"

Napoli won their opening match of the campaign at Cesena, while Milan had to fight back to salvage a 2-2 draw against Lazio.

The Italian champions will also arrive in Naples with an injury-hit squad.

"We'll be without Kevin Prince Boateng, Massimo Ambrosini, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gennaro Gattuso, Robinho, as well as Pippo Inzaghi and Mathieu Flamini," Galliani added.

"We'll have many absences, but we have other players. We also had to deal with injuries last term.

"I'm not the Coach, but we have two champions like Alexandre Pato and Antonio Cassano in attack. Stephan El Shaarawy, our third attacker, will be on the bench."

Both sides were also in European action this week as Milan drew 2-2 at Barcelona, while Napoli grabbed a 1-1 at Manchester City.

"Milan did what Napoli did in the Champions League, it's just that we played against the best side in the world," the former Lega Calcio chief noted, before praising the performance of Alessandro Nesta in Spain.

"He' a great champion who is 35 and Lionel Messi is a lot younger. When Nesta is in form he and Thiago Silva are the best centre-back pairing in the world."

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