Thursday August 9 2012
Mazzarri: 'Napoli are motivated'

Walter Mazzarri assures Napoli are “motivated to push beyond our limits” in Saturday’s Italian Super Cup with Juventus.

The game kicks off at 13.00 UK time in Beijing and is a repeat of the Coppa Italia Final in May, which saw the Partenopei emerge 2-0 winners.

“Juve have players of a very high level and added more who belong in that squad,” said Mazzarri.

“Both Juventus and Napoli are still a work in progress considering it is August, but we are motivated to push beyond our limits.”

The Bianconeri are waiting for the verdict of the betting trial, which is reportedly set to ban Coach Antonio Conte for 10 months, although Leonardo Bonucci and Simone Pepe are due to be cleared.

“At Juve there are many players who know how to draw positive energy from difficult moments,” continued the Napoli boss.

“It doesn’t matter whether Conte is there or not. If a Coach does a good job during the week, then it makes little difference if he’s not on the bench for the game itself. It happened to me a few times.”

Edinson Cavani is back in the Napoli squad after Uruguay were knocked out of the Olympics in the first round.

“He seemed to be in good shape and is eager to make up for the Olympic experience.”

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