Saturday October 27 2012
Mazzarri appeals to Napoli fans

Walter Mazzarri made a public appeal for Napoli’s fans to stand by them against Chievo after a nightmare week.

The Partenopei were beaten by Juventus and Dnipro, fined €150,000 by UEFA for security risks at the Stadio San Paolo and deferred to the Disciplinary Commission over a betting scandal.

“I’d like to start off by saying I have faith in the sporting justice system and I believe in Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava,” said Mazzarri in his Press conference.

“They will certainly be able to give their contribution if called upon and Paolo will definitely be there. In this situation, Napoli are the damaged party. I don’t believe there will be any points penalties.”

After the 3-1 Europa League defeat to Dnipro, the team tried to throw their jerseys to the fans who had travelled to Ukraine, but saw them hurled back.

“I don’t think it’s right to use the reaction of the fans who followed the team on a journey of thousands of kilometres. In fact, I send out an appeal for tomorrow. Even if Chievo don’t have the prestige of other opponents, we need our fans for the whole game.

“I just want to talk about Serie A right now and say that we put in a great performance against Juventus. The result went against us, but I am convinced that tomorrow the lads will give their all to overcome Chievo.

“It’s true Chievo are something of a bête noir for us, while they have done even better since Eugenio Corini came in.

“My line-up? I’m not saying anything, you’ll have to wait and see. We’ll be prepared for any approach Chievo take and must have a strong defence, which is true of any situation.

“Andrea Dossena can do more, it’s true, but perhaps he felt the psychological effects of becoming second choice behind Zuniga. Maybe we need to lift him up a bit.

“Christian Maggio also had some performances at a lower level than usual, but he has had to deal with international duty too.”