Saturday December 10 2011
Mazzarri: 'Party's over, Napoli'

Walter Mazzarri tells Napoli to shelve the party and focus on Novara, then confirms he got himself sent off to motivate the squad.

The Coach saw red during the Champions League trip to Villarreal on Wednesday night when he blatantly pushed Nilmar.

“I’ll do anything so that my team can win a game. I’m even prepared to sleep outside!” he smiled.

“We absolutely had to win that match and Villarreal were time-wasting, so my gesture was to send a signal to my players and the referee that we couldn’t put up with this. We’re in the Champions League knockouts, but I don’t want to think about the draw now.”

The Partenopei have amazed everyone in Europe, but paid the price domestically, struggling in Serie A.

“I gave one day of rest to the players, but now it’s time to concentrate and Novara will not be easy. It only depends on us and how we step on to the field. We’re capable of great performances against the top clubs and of messing it up with the minnows.

“There are so many games and I am convinced we would’ve beaten Juventus if we hadn’t felt that fatigue at the end,” Mazzarri said of the 3-3 draw.

“I have to evaluate Gokhan Inler, who has both flu and a problem with his ribs. Walter Gargano has a few issues too, while Goran Pandev is likely to start. If Ezequiel Lavezzi is fit, then he will start, regardless of the fact he’s on a yellow card. We always need to seek the three points without calculations.

“Novara might change in order to face us, but many teams have done that. We have a style of play that I would define ‘unmarkable.’ Certain tactical mechanisms put every opponent under pressure, including the top European sides.

“Now we must focus on Serie A, as at this stage anything can happen and it depends on us. Tomorrow’s game with Novara is an important step to understand who we really are.”

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