Thursday August 25 2011
Mazzarri: 'Difficult and fascinating'

Walter Mazzarri feels Napoli have a “difficult and fascinating” group in the Champions League. “It's tough, but a reward to face these sides.”

The Partenopei have been paired with Manchester City, Villarreal and Bayern Munich in Group A.

“Obviously we weren't lucky with this draw, as we are in the most difficult group of the lot, but at the same time it's fascinating too,” said the Coach.

“It's tough, but a reward to face these sides, as we earned this opportunity thanks to our extraordinary season.

“We'll be playing against the best side in Germany, the team that for me are currently the best in England after their transfer campaign and one of the top clubs in Spain.”

Napoli begin their Champions League campaign with a trip to the City of Manchester Stadium.

“The debut is already a huge test against champions like Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.

“For us, this Champions League must represent another stepping stone in our maturation, above all on the international stage.

“This doesn't mean we're beaten before we even begin. We have to fight in every game without thinking about prestige or the strength of the side we're facing. We'll give it our all and then see where we end up.”