Saturday April 23 2011
Mazzarri: 'Napoli scared of success'

Walter Mazzarri concedes Napoli have a psychological problem. “As soon as we are close to achieving our objective, we fall apart.”

The Partenopei were in the race for the Scudetto up until last week, but fell to two consecutive defeats to Udinese and Palermo to lose third place.

“As soon as we are close to achieving our objective, we fall apart,” confessed Mazzarri.

“It's like horses on a race course, as some reach the jump with a relaxed state of mind because they are used to that situation and others are extremely tense.

“Anyone who has played football knows that those with years of experience fighting for top targets are better at controlling their emotions.

“We are very young, I know the good and bad points of my teams. We've got to stay relaxed and not think about the table.

“We also need help from the media and fans to keep us calm and recognise we have done exceptional things this term.

“Seeing such a vehement Palermo performance and knowing we are 15 points in front of them shows what an amazing season Napoli have had,” continued the Coach.

“We deserved a draw and kept going to the final minute, but it didn't happen and that's the way it is. We are in any case having an exceptional campaign.”

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