Mazzarri: History is made to be broken
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Walter Mazzarri has called on his Napoli side to break more new ground by defeating AC Milan at the San Siro for the first time in a quarter of a century tomorrow.

I Partenopei, whose last away win over I Rossoneri came in 1986, when Diego Maradona scored in a 2-1 success, are three points behind their table-topping opponents and would assume pole position in Serie A for the first time in two decades if they win by a two-goal margin.

"History is made to be broken," Mazzarri commented. "They said the same thing before we defeated Roma a few weeks ago. Let's be clear, this game is just one of 12 finals we have to face before the end of the season."

The club from Italy's south, who were knocked out of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday after a 2-1 defeat at Villarreal, will be without influential forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, who is serving a three-match ban for spitting in that historic win at the Stadio Olimpico.

"Lavezzi's the kind of player that can make a difference, he's a top player and we'll miss him," Mazzarri said. "But we have a big squad and there's the choice of playing [Giuseppe] Mascara, [Jose] Sosa or [Juan] Zuniga."

A lot is at stake for us as well as Napoli, and to be honest I think tomorrow's match could be decisive in the race for the title.
Massimiliano Allegri, AC Milan coach

A win for the hosts could extend their lead in the Serie A enough distance for coach Massimiliano Allegri to believe in breaking Inter Milan's five-year domination of the Scudetto.

"A lot is at stake for us as well as Napoli, and to be honest I think tomorrow's match could be decisive in the race for the title," he said. "We shouldn't let our three-point advantage over Napoli affect us though, we just need to try and win."

With Massimo Oddo favourite to come in for the injured Luca Antonini at left-back, Allegri's major selection choice will be who to play up front alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho. Alexandre Pato, scorer of the winner against Cesena last week, is pushing to be included in the starting XI.

"Pato has improved a lot and he's now much more confident", Allegri said. "His numbers speak for themselves: he's scored a double every two games.

"[Antonio] Cassano has done very well in our last couple of matches. [Kevin-Prince] Boateng could even play on the wings of a three-man midfield tomorrow. He could be a key player."