Napoli need to play like
lions to protect a 3-1 advantage against Chelsea in the second
leg of their Champions league last 16 tie, the Italian side's
coach Walter Mazzarri said on Tuesday.
Just like Serie A rivals AC Milan last week, Napoli arrive
in London for Wednesday's game favourites to reach the
quarter-finals after an impressive first-leg win, but Milan's
close shave against Arsenal has served as a warning to
"It's important we don't try to do something different to
what we normally do, that would be a big risk," Mazzarri told
reporters at Stamford Bridge.
"We can't underestimate the importance of this game. There
will be two phases, when we have the ball and when we don't have
the ball. When we don't have it we need to be like lions."
While Milan produced an aimless first-half performance at
Emirates Stadium last week when they conceded three times before the
break in a 3-0 defeat before coming to their senses to hang on
for a 4-3 aggregate victory, Mazzarri said Napoli would attack.
"We are not thinking about the fact we won 3-1 in the first
leg," said the Italian, who was banned from the dugout in the
first leg but will be pitchside for this match after the Court
of Arbitration for Sport suspended the second game of his ban.
"We will play as we always play, against any opponent. We
will look for a result tomorrow, as we did in Valencia [against
Villarreal], Manchester City and even Bayern Munich. We must be
concentrated and not too nervous."
In Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, Napoli possess one of the
competition's most effective strikers, having scored five times
in seven matches this season, including the second goal against
Chelsea to put his side 2-1 ahead.
Many of the Napoli fans milling around Stamford Bridge,
taking photos on Tuesday wore No.7 replica shirts with Cavani's
name printed on the back.
The 25-year-old's 24 goals this season mean he is already
being feted like Napoli's most famous South American, Diego
Maradona, while some of Europe's biggest clubs are hunting his
signature in the close-season.
However, he is looking no further than Wednesday and helping
Napoli into the quarter-finals.
"It's just fantastic to be playing a game like this," he
said. "When the ref blows the first whistle, I'll forget about
everything else and just concentrate on the game ahead.
"We know what to expect and what they can do. It'll be a
tough match and a very difficult match for us.
"We saw in the Arsenal against Milan match that a team full
of champions can change a tie in a few minutes."
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