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Dossena lauds Napoli fighting spirit

SoccerNews in English Premier League, Serie A 4 Apr 2011

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Napoli defender Andrea Dossena has praised his side’s ability to fight out games after they claimed a 4-3 home win over Lazio on Sunday.

The Naples-based club came from 2-0 and 3-2 down to record the win which keeps them within three points of league-leaders AC Milan.

Dossena, who scored Napoli’s opening goal, put the victory down to the team’s ability to perform in the second half as they produced a famous victory.

“The table has proved we have better endurance compared to other teams and therefore we could produce a better performance in the second half,” Dossena said.

“It’s pretty much been that way all season, in the second half we play better whereas other teams start to tire and have problems.”

Dossena’s goal breathed life into his side and kickstarted the comeback, with the former Liverpool defender declaring the Serie A title race still alive.

“With the opportunity of three points per match, it’s never over,” he said. “We are determined and the team has the willingness to fight for a result, as we proved today.”

While Dossena was pleased, Lazio sports director Igli Tare was very disappointed with the result but praised Napoli for their terrific season.

“To play as we did today and not pick up any points is very frustrating,” Tare said.

“Napoli are now second, and are having a great season. They haven’t put a foot wrong, and haven’t run into any real difficulties this season. They deserve to be where they are in the table.”

“As for us, we have seven games left until the end of the season and we’ll do all we can to pick up as many points as possible.”

Lazio now sit fifth, 11 points behind Massimiliano Allegri’s Milan.

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