Bortolo Mutti has admitted that he is wary of taking charge of his first home match with Palermo against high-flying Napoli.
The 57-year-old returned to the Sicilian club to replace Devis Mangia at the end of 2011 and oversee the Rosanero’s 2-2 draw in Novara. Talking to Radio Crc as he prepares for a second home debut as Palermo Coach, after a spell in charge a decade ago, Mutti admitted he would have preferred for it not to be against Walter Mazzarri’s side.
“As the first team to contend with at home as the new Coach of Palermo, I would rather face a different opponent to Napoli.
“I know the difficulties that I have going into the match on Sunday evening with, the excitement will be great, but I will try to contain it.
“I accepted the assignment to Coach Palermo with enthusiasm and I will do my best to develop this club. Napoli have never won in Palermo, so I hope on Sunday not to break this tradition.
“Napoli have returned to the lofty heights thanks to Aurelio De Laurentiis and Mazzarri, now the club is held in high esteem and feared by all.
“We have to work very carefully to try to keep up with them, their whole team is an important structure.”
Despite the positive reference for the weekend’s opponents, Mutti concluded with a message of equal faith in his own squad, whilst intimating that minimal action will be taken in the current winter transfer window.
“Palermo has a group of young players, some have yet to mature and become important protagonists in the League. The team has to mature and grow, but the project and the desire to do well is there.
“I am sorry that I don’t have some of the team’s most important players for the match on Sunday evening, but I do not think that my team is currently in need of significant change because there are talented young people yet to emerge.”
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