Friday March 1 2013
Maggio agent explains form

Christian Maggio’s agent reveals why he has been off form since returning from surgery and looks ahead to tonight’s Napoli-Juventus.

The right wing-back was out for two weeks due to a fractured bone in his hand, which required an operation to stabilise it in late January.

“I don’t know whether or not Maggio will start tonight’s game against Juventus,” agent Massimo Briaschi told Radio Crc.

“His injury occurred during a great period of form and is really affecting his performances, because playing with a cast on your arm is always going to be irritable. It also forces you to adjust the way you run and balance yourself.

“A Scudetto is never decided in one match, but if Napoli were to take home three points this evening, they’d make the race very exciting indeed. Even a draw would be useful.

“Tonight Napoli will face a team that is almost unstoppable on the flanks, because the Bianconeri have work-rate and technique. The battle on the wings could well be decisive for the final result.

“Andrea Pirlo should be man-marked and in my view Walter Mazzarri ought to put Valon Behrami on him.”

Napoli are currently six points adrift of Serie A leaders Juventus and must focus on this target, as they are already out of the Europa League and Coppa Italia.

“Over the last few years Napoli have achieved extraordinary results and the fans ought to be in love with these protagonists,” continued agent Briaschi.

“Obviously, if there were to be a Scudetto, then we’d all celebrate, but I like to underline how well the club is doing anyway.

“I am sure we’ll see an entertaining match tonight and I imagine there will be many goals.”

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