Napoli vs AC Milan Preview

Napoli vs AC Milan Preview


High-flying Napoli and AC Milan will square off hoping to bounce back from frustrating games in Europe.
Milan, who are joint-second in Serie A with Inter Milan, were beaten 2-0 at Real Madrid while Liverpool travelled to southern Italy and held Napoli to a goalless draw.
"We want to get back on track and you will see we will play a great game at Napoli," said AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato.
"Against Real Madrid, we suffered too much and perhaps we started off with tension and fear.
"In these types of games, you need to show character and we didn't do that."
The Rossoneri won 3-1 against Chievo in the previous round to clinch their third league triumph in a row.
Lazio are two points clear of Milan after seven games played.
Walter Mazzarri's Napoli were held to a 1-1 draw at Catania in their previous Serie A game, a result that dropped them to fourth in the table.
Then they played well at home against Liverpool but had to settle for a point.
"Liverpool came here not to lose and they succeeded," said Mazzarri.
"We created many goalscoring opportunities but it didn't go well for us.
"In any case my team showed an improved performance with respect to our game against Catania, where we didn't play to our potential."
One reason why Napoli are in the top four has been the play of Edison Cavani.
The striker is Serie A's joint leading scorer with six goals alongside Inter's Samuel Eto'o.
The hosts will be without captain Paolo Cannavaro, who serves a one-match ban.
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri will be hoping to recover Gianluca Zambrotta and Ronaldinho.
Both players sustained muscular injuries in midweek and are doubtful for the encounter.


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