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Mazzarri thanks Marchisio for comments

Created on 13 Jan., 2013 4:36 PM GMT

Walter Mazzarri says Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio paid Napoli a big compliment after revealing his dislike for the club.

The Italy international revealed this week that he is extra motivated to beat Napoli due to his antipathy towards the club.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte claimed that Napoli should take the player's comments as a sign that they feared by big clubs, a view which Mazzarri shares.

"In our environment, everyone wants to win," the 51-year-old Italian was quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Marchisio gave us a nice compliment because those in this world who are nice are not considered a threat by anyone. As a result, the match against Palermo is an opportunity to demonstrate that we really are 'dislikeable'."

As Napoli prepare to face Serie A strugglers Palermo, Mazzarri warned his troops that they must be at their best to beat the Sicilians.

"The match (against Palermo) is a dangerous one," the former Sampdoria coach said.

"We saw what happened with Bologna (who beat Napoli 3-2 at the San Paolo in December). These are games where you need to get it right.

"We need to play against Palermo like we did against Roma because the Rosanero have less points than they deserve. I hope they play a little worse than usual."

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