Sunday May 20 2012
Maggio: 'Momentous Napoli Final'

Christian Maggio feels tonight’s Coppa Italia Final against Juventus is a momentous occasion for Napoli, as their first trophy in 22 years “would be incredible.”

The Partenopei are the underdogs at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome this evening and their last piece of silverware was the Italian Super Cup in 1990.

“Do we feel more motivation or responsibility? Both. It is an incredible event and we are trying to stay calm, keeping that even keel that helped us throughout the season,” said Maggio.

“Napoli have great ambition and the club wants to make Napoli bigger on a European level too, so regardless of the result in this Final, I am certain the club will try to take even more of the spotlight.

“Juventus have players of great quality who can resolve the match at any moment, but then so do we...

“We know this is a fundamental match for the club and the fans. Bringing a trophy back to Naples would be something incredible, but we are facing a great side. We have prepared as best we can during this week and obviously want to win.”

It is no coincidence that Napoli’s slump in form was during Maggio’s injury, so he is sometimes referred to as the ‘Fourth Tenor.’

“I don’t feel like that, even if I have heard the phrase. I just try to give everything I’ve got even when I’m not in the best shape. If I have done well until now it is down to both me and those who put faith in me.

“I am happy with this experience at Napoli, because I really wanted to be here and hope to stay for a long time yet.

“My role is very difficult, but I don’t think I am the best. I’ve improved a lot defensively over the past few years and have been able to make more of my attacking instincts, but I don’t think I’m the best wide player in Italy, no.”

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