Sunday April 1 2012
Juventus impress Mazzarri

Walter Mazzarri feels Napoli “suffered against the physicality of Juventus” and lost their heads in the final stages.

“It is entirely possible to lose in Turin against this Juve side, but it depends on how,” said the Coach after a 3-0 defeat.

“We played on a par with Juve until the second goal, then we lost our shape and got too irritable. After so many games in a season, we have lost a bit of sharpness, while Juventus are defensively solid and we suffered against their physicality.

“Giorgio Chiellini can mark three men all by himself, as he’s just impossible to get past. We were also unlucky on the first goal, but reacted well and looked for the equaliser. After Arturo Vidal’s stunning goal we visibly fell away and were no longer able to get into the game.”

The Three Tenors barely made an impact on the match and Napoli did not get a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.

“It is possible our strikers have lost that sharpness, but I doubt they’ve become arrogant. Edi Cavani ran so much today to help out in defence. A Coach looks at balance and if you can’t get the strikers to help the midfield, then you’re in trouble.

“We did not create much today and were unable to play as we usually do because Juve were perfect at the back. I am happy with the way they played until the second goal.

“Will Goran Pandev get more playing time? He is in good shape and I always keep him in mind. It’s difficult to take Cavani and Lavezzi off the pitch, but Goran does deserve space, especially as I’ll be missing a few wingers against Lazio and must therefore reconsider the system.”

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