Sunday April 6 2014
Donadoni: 'Parma can beat Napoli again'

Roberto Donadoni’s Parma already shocked Napoli once and he trusts they can do it again this evening.

It kicks off at the Stadio Tardini at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for a match preview.

Gabriel Paletta returns after suffering from flu, while Antonio Cassano should be fit to start despite an ankle problem, but Amauri and Alessandro Lucarelli are suspended.

“Napoli tried to raise the tempo against us at the San Paolo and I don’t think we suffered that much,” shrugged Donadoni when asked if he was afraid of this game.

“It’s not an issue of tempo, but of always being in the right place tactically. If a team stays tight, then it reduces the spaces and it becomes easier to deal with even a very high rhythm.”

Parma had put together a 17-round unbeaten run, a club record, but have since lost three on the bounce. They remain in sixth place and in the running for the Europa League.

“The difficulties we have right now are purely down to injuries and bans. We have everything it takes to play in the Europa League.

“We must be more disciplined going forward and defending, being more of a team when moving off the ball, which recently we haven’t been. Now we need all our energy to get back to doing what we always have done.

“If three consecutive defeats dent our confidence, then it means we’re not mature enough. Maturity is proved every time, not taking certain things for granted. In terms of motivation, we cannot be inferior to anyone.”