Wednesday March 14 2012
Zoff: 'Napoli are favourites'

Italy legend Dino Zoff sees Napoli as “the favourites” against Chelsea this evening. “They need to make the most of the counter-attack.”

The Partenopei lead 3-1 from the first leg and travel to Stamford Bridge tonight for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

“I am optimistic about tonight,” said the 1982 World Cup winning goalkeeper on TMW.

“Napoli are in good shape and above all Pocho Lavezzi is on form. If Walter Mazzarri’s men make the most of the counter-attack and their pace, then I’d say they are the favourites.”

Andre Villas-Boas was on the bench for the first leg, but after his dismissal it is Italian Roberto Di Matteo at the helm.

“I know him well, he is a smart lad with great character. He also knows the environment at Chelsea,” added Zoff.

“Do Napoli have nothing to lose? There’s always something to lose, but if it went badly tonight then few could really blame them. On the contrary, if it goes well then they would reap the rewards.”