Thursday October 6 2016
Saviano: 'Insigne and Zlatan in Gomorrah!'

Roberto Saviano is a big Napoli fan and said he could cast Lorenzo Insigne and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Gomorrah. “They’d be perfect!”

First a book, then film and now an internationally-acclaimed series, Gomorrah covers the organised crime syndicates in Naples, commonly known as the Camorra.

“I really like Maurizio Sarri, as he’s rough, disciplined, almost military. The Coach he reminds me of the most is Zdenek Zeman,” Saviano told Sky Sport Italia.

Gomorrah is very popular among Italian football players and beyond, as Ibrahimovic famously quoted a line with Marco Verratti in the Paris Saint-Germain locker room.

“Ibra is perfect for the role of an Eastern European criminal. I’d see Insigne looking good as a drug-dealing kid in the town square, obviously because of his physical look at his ability to speak the dialect.

“Diego Maradona actually threatened to sue over the years, because there was meant to be someone nicknamed after him in Gomorrah. He had a complicated life and that always attracted me. I feel curiosity towards Maradona and an unmotivated affection.

“I was there cheering on Argentina against Italy during the 1990 World Cup semi-final at the Stadio San Paolo. I had gone to support Italy, but from half-time onwards I was cheering on Argentina.

“I remember the schools would empty out on a Wednesday because we’d all go to see Maradona training. For me, Maradona is still Napoli and the club can still make you feel great even when everything is going badly.

“I believe Napoli are the team most supported abroad because there are so many emigrants from Napoli to the United States.”

The big story of the summer was Gonzalo Higuain’s transfer to Juventus for €90m.

“I was not unhappy with that. Everyone criticised him, obviously, because he went to Juve and the hatred for them is an evergreen. The truth is Napoli can now afford to be more fluid with their football, remain strong in attack and have reinforced at the back.”

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