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Mazzarri to rely on home advantage

Walter Mazzarri believes Napoli’s supporters will prove more important than ever in the team’s bid to reach the Champions League.

Mazzarri’s side occupy third place on the Serie A table, but are separated from Udinese, Inter Milan and Lazio on goal difference only.

Napoli managed to claim third spot last season, reaching the last 16 of the Champions League before bowing out against finalists Chelsea.

They have three matches of the Serie A campaign remaining to try and book a place in UEFA’s elite club competition again next term.

With two of those fixture at home, starting with the visit of Palermo on Tuesday, Mazzarri feels the intimidating atmosphere of the Stadio San Paolo could provide a decisive advantage.

“We have three big league encounters and the public will support us, as they did in the most important European matches this season,” he said.

“It is support that has always accompanied us and enabled us to play well against the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Villarreal and Bayern Munich.

“The fans have always been involved with us and now we are at a crucial moment – three important finals to face with heat and passion, starting with the match against Palermo.

“Everyone is together with us to help obtain another result.

“I’d like to see my team play as they did in the second half against Roma, but if this fails to happen, it is important that the goal is then reached with everyone’s help,” he said, referring to Napoli’s performance in a 2-2 draw at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

Following the Palermo match, Napoli go away to Bologna and are at home to Siena, before a Coppa Italia final against Scudetto challengers Juventus.

Mon 30 April, 2012
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