Walter Mazzarri prepares to face Milan and expects Napoli “to give a response” at San Siro, wiping away recent disappointment and refereeing errors.
The Partenopei are now 14 points off leaders Juventus and were furious at the annulment of a valid Goran Pandev goal in the final minutes of their 0-0 draw with Cesena.
“The Rossoneri are not accustomed to losing, just like all the big clubs, so they’ll be determined to prove themselves after Wednesday’s defeat to Lazio,” said Mazzarri.
“We must not forget that in previous matches they had won almost at a canter. We need the perfect performance to get a result, but I expect Napoli to give a response.
“At the same time, we can’t say our campaign is already over. There are many games to go and we want to pick up as many points as possible. Our first objective is to climb back up the standings.
“Pocho Lavezzi is in great shape and I am confident he will have a wonderful game. He needs to do well not only in attack, but also when out of possession, because everyone has to give something extra against Milan.”
Napoli beat the Rossoneri 3-1 at the San Paolo earlier this season and conquered Inter at San Siro, so hope to continue causing upsets.
“We know each other well by now. I have a few options in my mind to surprise Milan and we must hit them in their weak spots. I won’t give any clue on who will start, as I don’t want to provide my opponents with an advantage.”
The Coach is still fuming after those recent refereeing errors and reportedly asked his club to put together a dossier of mistakes.
“It’s a shame, as we create so many chances, work so hard and then don’t convert much. We’ve got to improve in this respect. However, at the same time I cannot just ignore the effect of refereeing errors. If they cost us points in the table, it’s only right to note them.”
Napoli squad:De Sanctis, Rosati, Colombo, Aronica, Britos, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Fernandez, Dossena, Maggio, Hamsik, Zuniga, Dzemaili, Gargano, Inler, Cavani, Lavezzi, Pandev, Chavez, Vargas