Friday September 16 2011
Preview: Napoli - Milan

Former Coach Gigi Simoni has given his view on the contrasting fortunes at former teams Napoli and Inter.

Simoni spent one season as a player at the Stadio San Paolo, before then returning for two spells as Napoli Coach, the last of these during the 2003-04 campaign.

Before looking ahead to the weekend clash with Milan, the 72-year-old told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli of his frustration at the British Press' misinterpretation of Walter Mazzarri's tactics in midweek against Manchester City.

"Napoli must have a shield as a reference, of course. The team played a great game in Manchester, amazing.

"As usual, the British Press does not understand anything. The counter-attack has been the basis of our work for 50 years, and at Napoli this style of play works very well.

On the weekend visit of defending champions Milan, Simoni remained optimistic of his former side's chances.

"Mazzarri is very good, he works well at optimise the best features of his players. It should be a superb game with Milan.

"I expect il Diavolo to have a defensive attitude, perhaps as they did at Barcelona. Napoli therefore may find less space and might get into a bit more trouble.

"Attention needs to be on [Alexandre] Pato breaking, because his speed is so impressive, as the goal against Barcelona demonstrated."

Simoni also spared a thought for Gasperini, who finds himself under pressure at Inter, another club Simoni previously coached.

"Gasperini? I want to say not likely, but in reality I think so. [Massimo] Moratti really feels defeats, and I can say that from experience. I think I was sacked after two victories.

"I hope Gasperini can recover, he has done very little wrong, the fault is perhaps with the boys who have lost their determination to play.

"The Champions League game saw them play like it was a practice match. It was an unexpected defeat, the team has lost motivation, and it is strange given not that long ago they were the world's best.

"Gasperini needs a board that makes him feel comfortable, to do his job and that are consisitent with their intentions.

"It is a sad game [to be under pressure] after one game, but football is like that. I wish him well, and to get a positive result against Roma."

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