Saturday October 1 2011
Mazzarri: 'My perfect birthday gift!'

Walter Mazzarri thanked the Napoli players for “the greatest gift” on his 50th birthday. “In terms of performance, we deserved the win.”

The Partenopei crushed Inter 3-0 at San Siro, but only after a series of controversial refereeing decisions, including a penalty and Joel Obi's dismissal.

“I thank my players for having given me the greatest birthday gift I could've asked for,” said the Coach.

“Incidents do happen in football and I said the same last season when we conceded a penalty and then lost against Milan.

“I think we played well and in terms of overall performance we deserved the win tonight. We were denied a clear penalty against Fiorentina last week, so mistakes happen to everyone over the course of a campaign.”

Napoli can now be considered genuine Scudetto contenders, having beaten both Milan and Inter, not to mention ending a run of seven consecutive San Siro defeats.

“The team has grown a lot this season and has more character. Playing in the Europa League helped us a lot, while now we are learning even more from facing Barcelona, Manchester City and other top clubs.

“The squad has had a rapid climb and there are youngsters who have reached maturity like Pocho Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik, while it's a pleasure to watch others such as Paolo Cannavaro and Salvatore Aronica.

“The Scudetto? We'll take it one game at a time.”

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