Sunday September 23 2012
Mazzarri: 'Immature Napoli'

Walter Mazzarri complimented 10-man Catania, but above all lambasted his Napoli for failing to get the victory.

“Catania deserve praise, as with 10 men they played very well and threatened to win at the end thanks to our tactical amnesia,” said the Coach after a 0-0 draw.

The home side played with 10 for practically the entire match, as Pablo Alvarez was sent off after just two minutes.

“With our desire to win it, we lost our shape and allowed far too many spaces. Tomorrow I’ll have a long talk with the squad, as I realise the moment we lose concentration for a moment, we pay for it.

“We are a young side and should’ve won this match, although of course Catania did very well and deserve our compliments.”

This result ends Napoli’s 100 per cent record and raises doubts over their title credentials.

“I never said we’d be fighting for the Scudetto, as I only ever talked about the growth of a squad and everyone knowing what to do on the field. Clearly teams who have been fighting for the top of the table for a long time have a different mentality in these situations.

“Perhaps having an extra man so early made us think we’d already won it and that proved counter-productive. Some players seemed tired and off form, but I allowed them to rest, so there’s no excuse.”

“Catania did try to attack us even with 10 men and we failed to make the most of the spaces. We were slow, clumsy and I hope it was just an off day by several players. We were sluggish all over the pitch.

“Nonetheless, we have to treasure this point in a difficult arena where every team will struggle this season.”

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