Saturday February 20 2016
ADL: 'Napoli are the elite'

Aurelio De Laurentiis assured Napoli “are now in the elite, there’s no ‘now or never’ about our success.”

The Partenopei were knocked off the top spot last week with a defeat to Juventus, but could recapture it on Monday evening.

That’s because Bologna held Juve to a 0-0 draw last night and Napoli will become leaders if they beat Milan.

“I want to tell you how for five years Napoli have been told this fairy-tale that it’s ‘now or never,’ but the truth is we are now in the elite,” President De Laurentiis told Radio Kiss Kiss.

“People have this brick wall in our minds, but there are no limits. We already saw Roberto Donadoni do well at Parma, so it’s no surprise his Bologna stalled Juventus.

“You can’t win all the time and a hiccup was bound to happen. I want to avoid talking about the Milan game, as the team must stay concentrated and do its work. If someone talks too much, it can end up giving ammunition to the enemy.”

It’s reported Coach Maurizio Sarri will not hold a Press conference ahead of the big Monday night match either.

Milan today celebrate the 30th anniversary of President Silvio Berlusconi buying the club. Does ADL think he’ll reach that milestone?

“That depends on the consistency of success and on the fans, if they want to stay with me. I work for them. We have to change football together for the good of the sport and above all of the fans, who spend so much money to follow their beloved team.”

De Laurentiis took the opportunity to again criticise the red tape holding back stadium reform.

“We realised the current law on stadiums just doesn’t work. We all want to do the right thing and if (Prime Minister Matteo) Renzi could give the Mayors and clubs a priority line to speed up this process, it would be a big step forward.

“If we want to think of hosting the Olympics in Italy, we need the sporting structures to be revitalised. If the State doesn’t have the funds, then at least introduce a law allowing private enterprise to pay for it and cut out the red tape.

“We are not asking for money, but for a reduction of the bureaucracy that has made us lose ground in the world over these years.”

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