Thursday September 29 2011
Lippi: 'Napoli have an opportunity'

Former Inter and Napoli Coach Marcello Lippi has looked ahead to their meeting on Saturday, and suggested the Azzurri have the edge.

Lippi told Il Mattino of his belief that the weekend game will be detemined by who copes with absences better.

"I do not think of Napoli as numerically or qualitiviely inferior to Inter. The Nerezzurri are weakened by absences: it is not easy to make do without [Wesley] Sneijder. Then, Napoli will find it hard to replace someone like [Edinson] Cavani: like all great players he is one that his team will miss."

The former Italy Coach refused to be drawn on who would win, but hinted that Napoli carry an advantage.

"I coahced both teams and for this reason won't be cheering for one over the other.

"I couldn't say for certain [on a favourite] but Napoli certainly has an opportunity to be seized, given the absences Ranieri will have. I am sure it will be a great show at San Siro."

Lippi had spells in charge of both clubs to varying degress of success.

"Ottavio Bianchi brought me to [Napoli]. It was one great year. Then I left and started my first cycle at Juventus, but I still have great friends here.

"Nevermind [about his spell at Inter], it has been a century. I was there also for a year, but it was very intense."

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