Walter Mazzarri, determined to address Napoli’s issues, no longer complains; he asserts that discussing the Scudetto is nonsensical.
After replacing Rudi Garcia before the break, Mazzarri conducted his first pre-match press conference on Friday, ahead of a Serie A game against Atalanta.
Mazzari said: “I am thrilled, this is surely the best team I’ve ever coached. I must pay attention to what I say because I am famous for being a moaner. Now, I no longer complain. I am a new Mazzarri, sleeping well, and feeling relaxed.
“Last year, they made a masterpiece with Spalletti and it was thrilling to watch them. When you see a team like this, you hope to coach them one day and I want to thank the President who called me. I hope I can coach them until the end of the season.
“I’ve kept a good relationship with De Laurentiis, we respect each other,” the coach continued,” Mazzari added.
“Napoli is home to me. Napeolitans have always shown me love. When I left, my cycle was over. I told myself we needed a step forward because I needed to motivate the team differently in my fifth season at the club. I should have also improved the second placement; it wouldn’t have been easy.”
In Serie A this season, Napoli has secured victory in six out of 12 games, currently trailing table leaders Inter by a margin of 10 points.
“I’ve been in football for a few years, and I imagine this team is not accustomed to winning titles, so there is a price to pay unconsciously,” Mazzari stated.
“You can think of being stronger than the others, but it is difficult for everyone in today’s football. I am here to make the team understand that there are perils. The other teams are waiting for us with more attention, so we should underestimate nothing.”