Thursday January 3 2019
Cannavaro: 'Napoli need Messi for title'

Fabio Cannavaro hopes Napoli triumph in the Europa League, but warns “the only way they’ll take the Scudetto off Juventus is by signing Lionel Messi.”

The Ballon d’Or and World Cup winner played for both his hometown club Napoli and later Juvem but is currently working as the Coach of Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

“It really did seem as if Napoli or Inter could halt the Juventus domination, but the Bianconeri seem intent on marching on regardless,” Cannavaro told Il Mattino newspaper.

“Juve deserve credit for understanding what to do in certain moments. They signed Cristiano Ronaldo when needing to give confidence and renewed enthusiasm to the squad, stepping up a level in Europe and maintaining the invincible aura in Italy.

“The only way Napoli will take the Scudetto off Juventus is by signing Lionel Messi. Either that, or Juve gift it to them.

“I would love it for Juventus to win the Champions League this season and Napoli the Europa League, as it’d be a wonderful double for Italian football.

“I was in the Parma squad that represented the last Italian club to win the old UEFA Cup and I don’t understand why our teams are now struggling in Europe, as we used to dominate these competitions.

“I think Napoli have everything it takes to bring the trophy home.”

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