Cannavaro wary of Cagliari

Napoli defender Paolo Cannavaro believes facing a Cagliari side who have nothing to play for is a dangerous prospect while his club is still chasing a dream.

Last Updated: 20/04/13 at 12:37 Post Comment

Paolo Cannavaro: In the driving seat for the second automatic Champions League s

Paolo Cannavaro: In the driving seat for the second automatic Champions League s

The Azzurri are 11 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus with just six games remaining but automatic entry to the Champions League group stages would be a welcome consolation prize at the San Paolo.

AC Milan, however, are threatening to snatch second place and only a Goran Pandev equaliser at the San Siro last weekend kept the Rossoneri at arm's length.

Cagliari dispatched Inter Milan last week to reach 42 points and end talk of relegation but Cannavaro knows the Sardinians will not settle for mid-table obscurity.

He told sscnapoli.it: "We know they will be a difficult obstacle, for various reasons.

"Cagliari are safe and pressure-free but more importantly they are a team that plays good, organised football and has great ideas.

"We are fired up and focused because we know we will have to give our all. They are an opponent to be reckoned with because they have had a solid backbone for years."

The destination of the Scudetto is out of Napoli's hands with Juventus needing just seven points from their last six games to defend their title.

Second place is Napoli's to lose, however.

"We picked up an important point in Milan," Cannavaro added. "We realised we could have won the game and we did try to.

"We are satisfied with the performance and we have to carry on like that because it's up to us to secure Champions League football.

"There are six games remaining and we have keep pushing right to the end, knowing that we have to keep our four-point cushion over third place to be comfortable."

Napoli have no injury or suspension concerns but Cagliari are without the suspended duo of midfielder Daniele Conti and striker Mauricio Pinilla, with defender Francesco Pisano and midfielder Andrea Cossu missing through injury.

Head coach Ivo Pulga reflected on the run of results that has seen the Rossoblu take 26 points from 13 games to reach 10th place.

He said: "At the halfway stage of the season we only had 16 points and were in the relegation zone but then we changed tack and deserve our current position.

"Now there are six games left and we hope we can finish even higher."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

A

pparently Chiles has blamed Twitter trolls for his exit. Proof that even the worst things can get great results at times.

cheshire-gooner
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

Footer 365

Contract news: Robin van Persie unsure if he will be offered new Manchester United deal

Robin van Persie says he has no idea if he will be offered a new contract at Manchester United.

Manchester United U21s beat Liverpool 2-1 as Victor Valdes makes first appearance for the club

Goals from Nick Powell and Paddy McNair gave Manchester United's U21 side victory over Liverpool at Leigh Sports Village.

FA Cup: Giant-killers Bradford handed Sunderland or Fulham showdown in fifth round

Bradford's reward for knocking Chelsea out of the FA Cup is a fifth-round showdown with either Sunderland or Fulham.

Mail Box

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

A Massive Mailbox On A Weekend Of Wonder

We unsurprisingly have plenty of mails on a wonderful FA Cup weekend, including thoughts on Palace, Van Gaal, Phil Jones, Chelsea, Mourinho and Yaya Toure...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company