Sunday October 23 2011
Mazzarri: 'Napoli must be clinical'

Walter Mazzarri is not happy with his Napoli strikers after a stalemate in Cagliari. “We have got to be more clinical.”

The Partenopei were held to a 0-0 draw at the Stadio Sant'Elia this afternoon in which both teams rattled the woodwork.

“I am happy with the way the team played in the second half, but we have got to be more clinical. We make too many mistakes,” moaned the Coach.

“If we look at the sides fighting for the leadership, when they create four chances generally at least a couple go in the net.”

Edinson Cavani has a particular problem, as he hasn't scored away from home yet in Serie A this season.

“Tactically he had a great game and was very useful for his teammates, but it's true last year he found the goal with immense easy. It's only normal that players who go on international duty lack something in sharpness.”

Ezequiel Lavezzi was irritable throughout the match and furious at his substitution, hurling his shin pads at a wall.

“He probably wasn't happy with his performance. When I see a player who isn't having a good day, I tend to try someone else. Intelligent players reflect on their performances. Lavezzi is crucial for me, but today he didn't give his best.

“It is possible we are paying a price because we're not used to playing at this level, especially with the Champions League commitments, so we lack something in sharpness in the long run.

“Nonetheless, we played well today and probably deserved the win more than Cagliari. We just weren't clinical enough.”