Napoli aim to kill of Milan hopes

A look ahead to this weekend's action in the Italian Serie A as Napoli prepare for a crunch clash with AC Milan.

Last Updated: 11/04/13 at 17:53 Post Comment

Walter Mazzarri: Preparing for Napoli's clash with AC Milan

Walter Mazzarri: Preparing for Napoli's clash with AC Milan

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri has vowed to cut third-placed AC Milan adrift as the Serie A season enters its final seven games this weekend.

The Azzurri enjoy a four-point lead over Massimiliano Allegri's men so victory at San Siro would see the southern club move seven points clear while keeping pace with leaders Juventus.

The Italian champions must wait until Monday night to face Lazio, meaning Mazzarri's side could keep the race for the Scudetto alive by closing the gap to six points with victory on Sunday.

Mazzarri told sscnapoli.it: "This kind of match is unique and from a psychological point of view.

"AC Milan have made a great comeback so we know this is going to be tough. We will have to be brilliant and determined.

"Let's focus on these last few matches to consolidate our extraordinary season.

"We have more 14 points than we had last year and we want to qualify for the Champions League again. That would be an extremely impressive achievement."

Milan must cope without star striker Mario Balotelli, who starts a three-match ban after verbally abusing a referee during last week's draw at Fiorentina. The Italy international will also miss high-profile clashes against Juventus and Catania.

La Viola, meanwhile, are six points behind Milan and looking to narrow that gap with a positive result against Atalanta on Saturday night.

The Bergamo outfit stunned Inter Milan with a 4-3 victory at San Siro last time out and Andrea Stramaccioni must get the Nerazzurri back on track against Cagliari, who have been given permission to use the Stadio Nereo Rocco in Trieste.

The second Derby della Lanterna takes place this weekend with Genoa eager to avenge November's 3-1 defeat to newly-promoted Sampdoria with a reversed outcome at the Marassi.

While Samp are safe in mid-table, Genoa are struggling to break free of a three-way tie for 19th place with Siena and Palermo, who are showing signs of recovery at the right time.

The Sicilians claimed back-to-back victories for the first time this season in beating Samp 3-1 while Siena held resurgent Parma to a goalless draw in Tuscany.

Palermo host 12th-placed Bologna while Siena visit bottom side Pescara, who are six points adrift of safety and preparing for life in Serie B.

Elsewhere, Catania are looking to beat their all-time points record in the top flight by reaching 49 should they win at Chievo's Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.

Parma take on Udinese and Torino host Roma in the weekend's remaining matches before Lazio welcome Juventus to the capital on Monday night.

The Biancocelesti could capitalise on any slip-up from Fiorentina to go fourth with victory over Juve, who are now out of the Champions League following a 4-0 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

eak points? Play like Villa should work easily enough.

plughead80
Ludogorets target 'weaknesses'

T

hose tight polo shirts he's been wearing on the touchline this season make him look like a lady on a golfing holiday.

walter white
Football Managers On TV: Neil Warnock

A

s a great man once said: Nothing ever changes by staying the same.

walter white
Just Put Him Out Of His Misery...

Footer 365

Premier League: West Ham come from behind twice at Hull City to earn 2-2 draw

West Ham twice came from behind to earn a battling 2-2 draw with Hull City in an entertaining clash at the KC Stadium.

Champions League: Martin Skrtel won't play for Liverpool against Ludogorets

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed defender Martin Skrtel will not be risked in Liverpool's return to the Champions League.

Champions League: Arsenal face defensive crisis for Borussia Dortmund trip

Arsenal are facing a defensive crisis ahead of their Champions League opener against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Mail Box

Woke Up This Morning Feeling Fine...

Man United fans are a more than a tad excited, Liverpool fans are a little depressed and we have mails on Mesut Ozil, Newcastle, Aston Villa and lots more...

Fixing The Mess At Old Trafford

Plenty of conclusions on United's win over QPR and their missing link(s), more Ozil frustration, how Liverpool are like lasagne, as well as a word on Diego Costa's temperament...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property