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Thursday October 13 2011
Cannavaro: Title talk premature

Fabio Cannavaro says we'll have to wait until Christmas before it is clear which teams can seriously fight for the title.

His former clubs Napoli and Juventus have grabbed the early Scudetto attention after the Milan duo stalled, but the retired stopper needs to assess more games.

"We're only at the beginning of the season," he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "The truth usually emerges in December and January."

Juve, along with Udinese, are top of the League after the club opted to bring in boss Antonio Conte from Siena.

"Juventus have started well and they have a great advantage as they have all week to prepare for games [with no European commitments].

"That means a lot in terms of tactics and energy. That could be a decisive factor in the long run.

"Conte? He scares me on the bench," smiled the 2006 World Cup winner. "He seems to be very agitated…

"Yet after years of disappointment, Juve needed someone like him. They also have Andrea Pirlo, a player who can readdress the balance of the championship."

Turning to Napoli, the former Golden Ball winner thinks the Champions League may hamper their title dreams.

"Napoli are putting a lot into the Champions League and that takes away energy," he suggested.

"I can understand why as Europe offers prestige and visibility, but I think the Scudetto is a more achievable target for the Azzurri."

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