Marek Hamsik hopes the Number 17 can prove a good omen after his 117th goal at the 17th minute beat Crotone to make Napoli Winter Champions.
“We cannot afford to have this stress at the end and we should’ve finished the game off earlier,” the captain told Mediaset Premium following a 1-0 victory at the Stadio Scida.
“The important thing is we took home the three points. We had already been on the right track as Winter Champions three years ago, but we realise it means nothing, as we want to be top at the end of the season.”
The Number 17 is traditionally bad luck in Italy, but Hamsik wears 17 and scored his 117th goal in a Napoli jersey at the 17th minute.
“I hope 17 can bring Napoli good luck. The strikers will be back on the scoresheet soon, they were only denied by some great Alex Cordaz saves this evening.”
There are other omens at work here, as Napoli win the Winter title for the fifth time. The first and third times, they won the Scudetto, the second and fourth they finished second.