Friday October 14 2016
Mazzarri 'prefers attacking football'

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri has discussed his success in Italy, stating that players at Napoli were sold for 'huge profits'.

The former Inter man was keen to shrug off the stereotype of the defensive minded Italian Coach, instead preferring to focus on ‘attacking football’.

“I concentrate on attacking football in training more than most coaches in Europe", Mazzarri told the London Evening Standard. “I’ve always been considered a ‘tactical coach’ which is an honour."

"You can’t forget the defensive side of the game, because if you lose 6-5, it’s worthless, but I invite people to watch my sessions, so they can see the importance I give to the attacking side of the game."

“When I was at Napoli, we had Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik in attack. Cavani and Lavezzi were sold for far more than they were bought. 

“There have been others — Giampaolo Pazzini when I was at Sampdoria, Cristiano Lucarelli at Livorno, Nicola Amoruso at Reggina. “I’ve always managed to bring more out of my teams than what people thought was possible. I went from the fourth tier, to the third, to Serie B, to Serie A — in the space of three years. An incredible climb.

“There are thousands of cases of players who had fine careers with me but didn’t do quite as well at other clubs. I feel I am prepared for these challenges in a way that few others are."

“When I speak about football, I can seem arrogant, but I’m not. I just know what I’m capable of."

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