Saturday January 19 2013
Mazzarri: 'Anything could happen'

Napoli have two points, Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava back, so Walter Mazzarri is confident ahead of a trip to Fiorentina. “Anything could happen” for the Scudetto.

The Partenopei flew back into joint second place with Lazio, just three points shy of leaders Juventus, after winning their appeal in the match-fixing scandal on Thursday. Cannavaro and Grava also saw their six-month bans quashed.

“We are all happy, above all for Cannavaro and Grava, who are two exceptional lads,” said Mazzarri when opening his Press conference.

“Cannavaro knows full well he will start from the bench tomorrow and do what he has done throughout the last month. However, he is ready to return next week. He has kept up his training schedule, but it’s one thing to train when you know you can’t play and quite another to be focused on every little detail. Next week everything will change.”

Tomorrow Napoli face a tricky trip to the Stadio Artemio Franchi at 11.30am GMT. Click here for a match preview.

“Fiorentina have been struggling lately? I hope that continues tomorrow! I am convinced that if we do what we prepared, then it won’t be easy for Fiorentina to play their football. I am concentrated far more on our own strengths. It’s true they lost three games in a row, but the performances showed a great Fiorentina.

“Vincenzo Montella was under-valued as a striker. He is an intelligent guy and as soon as he was given the opportunity, he showed that he knew how to be a Coach.

“Fiorentina put us under pressure in the first half when we met in Week 2 and I’ll admit they deserved more than a defeat.”

Just three points off leaders Juventus and with the arrival of Emanuele Calaiò and Pablo Armero in the January transfer window, can Napoli fight for the title?

“We hope so,” replied Mazzarri. “We’ve done it so far, so why not continue? The important thing is to keep growing. The statistics show what we have achieved. This side is growing exponentially and there are still 18 rounds left. If we continue like this, then anything could happen.”