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Monday February 28 2011
Mazzarri accepts San Siro loss

Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri admits he would have needed a time-out in the second half to salvage anything from the Milan game.

The timid Azzurri crumbled after the break at San Siro as the home side collected a 3-0 win which allowed them to move six points clear of the Neapolitans in Serie A.

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Sunday February 27 2011
Mazzarri: 'No favours for Napoli'

Walter Mazzarri is fired up for Napoli's clash with Milan. “The media like to attack me, but we are in the Scudetto race without favours from anyone.”

Rossoneri Coach Max Allegri commented this weekend that Mazzarri tended to whip up controversy, so his colleague wasted no time in hitting back.

“There are 12 Finals from here to the end of the season and the game against Milan is only worth three points,” declared the Napoli chief.

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Saturday February 26 2011
Cassano: 'Cavani like Ibra? It's a joke!'

Antonio Cassano laughs off comparisons between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani. “Let's not joke around. Ibra is on another level.”

Monday's big match sees leaders Milan welcome second place Napoli in a Scudetto clash and Cassano gave a long interview to the Corriere dello Sport in preparation.

“Are we under pressure from Napoli? No, here at Milan the only pressure is our blood pressure,” smiled the striker.

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Saturday February 26 2011
Hamsik: 'Milan are not unbeatable'

Marek Hamsik is fired up for the Scudetto duel with on Monday, even if he plays down Napoli's title chances. “Milan are not at all unbeatable.”

The second placed side pay visit to the Serie A leaders and only three points separate them going into the game

“There's no point denying it, a large chunk of the Scudetto is in the balance on Monday night,” Hamsik told the Corriere dello Sport.

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Saturday February 26 2011
De Laurentiis: 'New Maradona in Africa'

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis is looking to the future of football. “Everyone seeks the new Diego Maradona and we could find him in Africa.”

The patron believes clubs must widen their search for new talent and stop spending millions to buy confirmed stars.

“Everyone seeks the new Maradona, so one must be smart to find him at the age of 15 or 16, perhaps in Africa as well as Brazil and Argentina,” De Laurentiis told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Saturday February 26 2011
Man Utd, Madrid and Barca spy Hamsik

According to the Corriere dello Sport, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United sent scouts to view Napoli star Marek Hamsik.

The Slovak international scored their goal in Thursday's 2-1 Europa League defeat to Villarreal.

The Italian newspaper suggests there were scouts in the stands of the Madrigal stadium on behalf of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United.

It is certainly not the first time Hamsik has been linked with a move to these huge clubs, with United particularly consistent in their interest.

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Saturday February 26 2011
Di Natale: 'I rejected Juve for Napoli'

Antonio Di Natale reveals the real reason he turned down Juventus. “It would've been a betrayal to Napoli.”

The Udinese striker was to all intents and purposes sold to Juve over the summer, but terminated the talks by declaring he wanted to stay at the Stadio Friuli.

“Juventus wanted me very strongly, but I never could have accepted,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“In the previous campaign, Napoli had asked for me, but I told President Aurelio De Laurentiis that I did not want to leave Udine.

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Saturday February 26 2011
Back to the future

Exactly three decades ago Milan and Napoli were fighting it out for the title. Dave Taylor looks at the similarities today leading up to Monday's big game

At the end of Week 26 on February 26, 1990, Milan topped the table two points ahead of Napoli, while Inter were third, three points behind them. Before this season's Week 27 there are the exact same number of points between these sides, with Napoli still the filling in a San Siro sandwich. Then as now, Inter were the champions, yet while they never got any further, Milan and Napoli kept up the skirmish until the final day.

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Friday February 25 2011
Mazzarri shakes Napoli

Walter Mazzarri has attempted to shake Napoli out of their disappointment following last night's defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League.

The Partenopei went ahead at El Madrigal, scoring a precious away goal, but Villarreal cancelled out the deficit before half-time through Nilmar and Giuseppe Rossi.

"We go out of Europe with our heads held high," Mazzarri said. "Now another Final awaits us against an extraordinary team like Milan, but we are not talking about the Scudetto.

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Friday February 25 2011
Curb your Azzurri enthusiasm

In the wake of their Europa League exit to Villarreal, Rob Paton takes a look at its significance on Napoli's title hopes and their longer-term ambitions

Whilst the Europa League loss at Villarreal carried little significance for Napoli eyes set on Serie A, the manner of the performances across the two legs proved interesting. Luck and a failure to convert some gilt-edged chances contributed to their European exit, but so too did patterns of play that teams other than Villarreal have also been able to take advantage of – ones that become more significant with Napoli's short and long-term targets on the horizon.