Saturday March 24 2012
Maradona 'happy' with new Napoli

Diego Armando Maradona confirmed he’d love to sit in the stands and cheer Napoli on. “I suffered with them in the Champions League.”

The Argentine legend is not currently allowed to set foot on Italian soil due to an unpaid tax bill, but aims to hold negotiations with the authorities to strike a deal.

“I want to put an end to this story, which has taken away 18 years of love from the Neapolitans,” the Al-Wasl Coach told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“This Napoli side makes me happy. Pocho Lavezzi runs constantly, with or without the ball, and shakes up all the opponents’ tactics. Edinson Cavani has become unstoppable and I really like Marek Hamsik.

“Napoli are talented and play with heart. I suffered with them in the Champions League against Chelsea. Walter Mazzarri is a great Coach who in defence manages to overcome the lack of champions.”

Maradona also cast his eye over the rest of Serie A and the Scudetto race.

“Juventus and their rebirth are the big story of this season. Milan remain favourites for the title, as they have a small but important advantage, and are probably still the best team.

“As for the Inter crisis, it is Jose Mourinho’s fault. He used up every last drop of energy in those players. The Argentine era at the club is over.”

El Pibe de Oro was also asked about Italy’s chances in Euro 2012.

“Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo are their key players right now, but if Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi recovered, then Italy would be transformed.”

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