Sunday December 5 2010
Mazzarri: 'Rather Lavezzi than Pastore'

Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri insists he'd rather keep Ezequiel Lavezzi than have Palermo's Javier Pastore, but “both sides are good for Italian football.”

Only a point separates these sides going into the Monday night game at the Stadio San Paolo and they are both aiming for a Champions League spot this season.

“There is such a long way to the end of the campaign that we cannot talk about this match as a crossroads moment,” argued Mazzarri.

“It will be a challenge between two sides who are good for Italian football, though.”

Edinson Cavani faces his former club, but it is also a battle between Argentine sensations Lavezzi and Pastore.

“I'd rather keep hold of Lavezzi, as he is absolutely crucial for us. He forms a great trident with Marek Hamsik and Cavani, so I don't envy anyone their squad.

“Cavani is a modern striker, as he helps the team and works very hard. He is scoring a great deal this term, even more than we expected.”

Napoli are the only side still in the running for Europa League qualification and are flying high in Serie A.

“We are still afloat in Europa and only lost in tough Serie A arenas like Lazio and Udinese, above all without deserving to.

“This side is mature and always battles for the victory, so the lads deserve constant support from the fans.”

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