Mazzarri takes nothing for granted

Napoli head coach Walter Mazzarri is ready to take one game at a time after the Azzurri closed the gap on Serie A leaders Juventus.

Last Updated: 27/11/12 at 10:42 Post Comment

Walter Mazzarri: Pleased with win over Cagliari

Walter Mazzarri: Pleased with win over Cagliari

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Napoli head coach Walter Mazzarri is ready to take one game at a time after the Azzurri closed the gap on Serie A leaders Juventus to just two points .

A 1-0 victory at Cagliari, courtesy of Marek Hamsik's second-half strike, saw Napoli hold onto second place thanks to Inter Milan's subsequent defeat at Parma.

Mazzarri told Gazzetta.it: "We really deserved this victory and Napoli are going through a fine period.

"It was a difficult game. We played well in the first half and just lacked something in the final third.

"The Scudetto? We'll take each day as it comes. Today we saw just how difficult this league is and we will only know where we stand at the very end.

"Considering how strong Cagliari are, this has been one of the most impressive results for us. It was a great game with the ball kept on the deck throughout.

"(Eduardo) Vargas came on and played really well. He deserved a goal and just needed a bit more luck."

Match-winning midfielder Hamsik added: "It was a very difficult game and Cagliari have been very strong at home.

"It was a hard-earned victory and that gives us the strength to continue.

"We missed (Edinson) Cavani. We played without a true centre-forward because Lorenzo Insigne is an inside forward really.

"But we did what the coach asked of us and put our hearts into the game, so thank goodness we brought the victory home.

"It was a very difficult game so getting the win is that little extra bit special. We are really happy as Cagliari is a tough place to come. They are three very precious points."

Cagliari boss Ivo Pulga found the defeat difficult to digest.

"If any team should have won that game then it should have been Cagliari," he told Gazzetta.it.

"We lost based on one incident, when we had been constantly attacking and embarrassing Napoli.

"We had five or six meaty chances to score, hitting the post twice. They had to defend for long stretches with tight man marking.

"What else can I say? I have to congratulate the players but I'm sorry for the fans. All I can say is well done to everybody."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

European Qualifiers round-up: Wins for Germany, Portugal and Romania

Goals from Marco Reus and Thomas Muller gave Germany victory over Georgia while Portugal beat Serbia to go top of Group I.

Luis Suarez rules out joining any English club but Liverpool

Luis Suarez refused to rule out a return to Liverpool and insists he will never play for another Premier League club.

Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar: Steven Fletcher scores hat-trick in European Qualifier

Gibraltar scored their first competitive goal, but Steven Fletcher's hat-trick helped Scotland win 6-1 at Hampden Park.

Mail Box

FA Refusing To Learn From Germany

We have a postcard from Germany in the Mailbox highlighting how Greg Dyke's quick-fix approach is all wrong. Also, the clamour for Kane, and size matters, apparently...

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

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