Saturday May 19 2012
Mazzarri: 'Juve favourites, but...'

Walter Mazzarri believes Napoli are the underdogs to Juventus in the Coppa Italia Final, but “my lads would do anything to win.”

The Bianconeri could set a new record by ending the season unbeaten in all competition, while the Partenopei need a boost after finishing fifth in Serie A.

“My lads would do anything to win,” said the Coach in his pre-match press conference.

“It’s one thing wanting to win and another being able to do it. Incidents will make a big difference on the night and they have more experienced players.

“Having just won the Scudetto, Juventus will also have less pressure on their shoulders, while for us it is a very important test.

“Juventus are still unbeaten and seem unbeatable, so they are the favourites. In order to win this trophy, we have to do something extraordinary, not make a single mistake and have incidents go in our favour.

“We feel the importance of this game so intensely that I fear it might even be noxious. We’ve got a little Champions League experience now and that could be helpful tomorrow.

“We need adrenaline rather than tension. Juve have more experience and players like Alessandro Del Piero who can give certainty and calm to their teammates. He can make the difference at any moment.”

Ezequiel Lavezzi was dropped in recent weeks, but is expected to start in place of Goran Pandev at the Stadio Olimpico, while Walter Gargano is suspended.

“My choices are limited in midfield and there won’t be huge changes. Lavezzi worked perfectly during the week and is in great shape.

“It sounds as if there will be a real exodus of Napoli fans travelling to Rome, so if we manage to win it’ll be the crowning moment of something exceptional. Whether we win or not, just reaching this Final is already enough to make us happy.”

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