Walter Mazzarri prepares to face Juventus in Saturday’s top of the table battle, but insists “we never said Napoli were the anti-Juve.”
The two sides are currently joint Serie A leaders on 19 points each, already four ahead of the chasing pack. They go head-to-head in Turin on Saturday, kick-off 17.00 BST.
“This is a game that will be good for morale, but only at the end of the season will we get a clear idea of all the results and see where we are,” Mazzarri told the Corriere dello Sport.
“We never said that Napoli were the anti-Juve. All we want to do is continue along our own path.
“I love a challenge and sport means every match is like a Cup Final for me. That is how I get fired up for each test.”
Naples is the most superstitious city in Italy, but Mazzarri bucks the trend.
“I do not believe in superstition. I believe in work. It’s not true, but we’ll pretend to believe these things anyway...”