Mazzarri targets Milan scalp
By Football News
Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri says Sunday's 2-0 win over Genoa will give his side the confidence to upstage Milan at the San Siro.
Mazzarri's side consolidated their grip on second place in Serie A and automatic Champions League qualification after moving further clear of third-place Milan, who were held at Fiorentina.
Ahead of this weekend's meeting with Massimiliano Allegri's men, Mazzarri is confident his side have the form to trouble the Italian giants.
"Yes, we need to face Milan openly, we have grown so much and that's the right way to do it," Mazzarri said.
"To go there and play without fear, we can do it because when we're fine and do our best we can be dangerous to any opponent, Milan included, and there's no need to tell them, they already know we can be dangerous."
Goals to Goran Pandev and Blerim Dzemaili set up what was a rather comfortable win for Napoli and Mazzarri is pleased with the progression his side have made this campaign, despite losing star Ezequiel Lavezzi to big-spending PSG.
"This victory is important because we have got closer to the third Champions League place," he said.
"We created a good gap between us and the teams in fourth and fifth position on the table and that's already a good result.
"The numbers also say that we have gained 14 points more than last season up to now, we are already one point ahead of where we closed last season ... this stresses the importance of our performance this season.
"Obviously we cannot stop now, we need to get as high as we can, without looking at what the other teams results are."