Wednesday February 2 2011
Mazzarri: 'Napoli learn from defeat'

Napoli crumbled at Chievo and wasted the chance to close on leaders Milan. “We have to learn from this defeat,” said Coach Walter Mazzarri.

The Partenopei could've closed the gap at the top of the table to just two points with a win this evening, but fell 2-0 at the Bentegodi.

“It was a bad day and too many players didn't perform the way they usually do,” sighed the tactician.

“We knew that Chievo would make this a very athletic and intense encounter, putting pressure on us to then go on the counter.

“A defeat can happen and clearly we have to learn from this match for our future growth. Perhaps I should've made more changes and rotated the squad the way I did against Lecce.

“At times playing a midweek round can cause confusion and disrupt our usual week of preparation, so it's not always easy to make the right decisions.”

Mazzarri picked Juan Zuniga in a more advanced role as a replacement for the suspended Ezequiel Lavezzi.

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