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Mazzarri: Pirlo not the only threat for Juventus

Walter Mazzarri has warned that Napoli cannot afford to solely focus on Andrea Pirlo in Friday night’s Serie A match against Juventus.

Walter Mazzarri has warned that Napoli cannot afford to solely focus on Andrea Pirlo in Friday night’s Serie A match against Juventus.

The influential midfielder has developed into Juve’s undisputed star player since joining the club from AC Milan in the summer of 2011.

But Mazzarri feels Pirlo is not the Serie A leaders’ only threat, and feels the Bianconeri have numerous great players.

“Stopping Pirlo isn’t the problem, because Juventus aren’t just about Pirlo,” Mazzarri said.

“They’ve also got (Claudio) Marchisio, (Arturo) Vidal, the wingers, the strikers. They have plenty of options and so we need to stay alert.

“They are a really good side and have excellent technical qualities right from the back, even (Gianluigi) Buffon is like a forward on the ball.”

Mazzarri then went on to discuss Napoli’s performances so far this term, and voiced his delight with their re-emergence.

“Apart from our third-placed finish two years ago, it’s been 23 years since Napoli ended the season near the top,” he said.

“However, now we’re competing with the best which is great and we are delighted to have come so far, to be competing at these levels and to be feared by everyone. So, however it goes , it will be a success.”

Napoli are currently trailing leaders Juventus by six points.

Fri 1 March, 2013
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