Thursday April 3 2014
Marotta: 'Napoli like provincials'

Juventus director Beppe Marotta blasted Napoli’s “excessive euphoria” and said they “acted like provincial little clubs.”

The Partenopei earned a 2-0 victory in Serie A on Sunday night, ending the 22-round unbeaten run of the leaders, but remain 17 points adrift.

“We were a little annoyed by the excessive euphoria of Napoli, who after all only won one League game that is worth three points,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.

“They acted like one of those little provincial clubs who go mad after beating a big team, which is reductive for a side like Napoli.”

Marotta was speaking from pitch side at the Stade de Gerland ahead of tonight’s Europa League quarter-final against Lyon.

“We are hoping to get some players back to full fitness after injuries, particularly in defence. This is a very important test against a well-drilled side to be feared, but we care about this trophy very much.

“As last year, we are left alone to represent Italy and it remains a very important competition, especially as the Final will be played in our stadium in Turin. We are proud to be protagonists.

“We are trying to achieve the extraordinary record of three consecutive Scudetti. Of course it’s difficult to go all the way in two tournaments, especially with the injuries recently. We also have Arturo Vidal suspended in midfield today, so the choices are limited.”

Today Paris Saint-Germain announced they were not interested in signing Paul Pogba.

“We never had any contact with them, nor do we intend to sell. It’s still time for him to grow in his natural habitat of Juventus and we have no intention of losing him.”

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