Mazzarri thrilled with Napoli form
Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri is thrilled with the way his team is playing going into Monday's top-of-the-table showdown at title rivals and Serie A leaders AC Milan. The Azzurri head into the match at a sold-out Giuseppe Meazza stadium in second place and three points behind, with last weekend's 1-0 triumph over Catania their sixth win in seven games.
"I have no fear in saying that we play the best football in Italy," said Mazzarri. "But we are playing one game at a time."
Milan could come up against a Napoli side showing a number of changes after tonight's UEFA Europa League game at Villarreal.
"On Monday, I will line up a team that will be the best possible according to the mental and physical freshness," Mazzarri said. "We have taken good results so far, even when having to make changes to the team."
Milan beat Napoli 2-1 at the San Paolo earlier this season and head into the match on the back of two straight wins. Meanwhile, Inter Milan face Sampdoria in Genoa on Sunday after suffering a late 1-0 defeat by Bayern Munich in their last-16 UEFA Champions League tie due to Mario Gomez's last-minute goal. The Nerazzurri are third in Serie A, five points behind AC Milan.
Lazio will be looking to strengthen their grip on fourth place - the last Champions League qualifying spot - when they take on Cagliari in Sardinia. The Romans are unbeaten this month and hold a four-point advantage over Udinese, who will take on Palermo at La Favorita ridding a nine-match unbeaten run.
Sixth-place Roma, who host struggling Parma, are in a positive frame of mind again after a win at Bologna. The 1-0 victory, courtesy of a Daniele De Rossi strike, handed Vincenzo Montella a winning start as coach of Roma. Montella replaced Claudio Ranieri earlier this week after the club conceded their third straight defeat at Genoa in the previous round.
Juventus will be under pressure to deliver when Bologna come to town on Saturday. The Bianconeri lost at Lecce to drop seven points behind the top four.
Chievo travel to relegation-threatened Cesena looking to take another step towards Serie A survival. The men from Verona are three wins away from reaching the magic 40-point threshold, a figure that nearly always guarantees top-flight football for the following campaign.
A defeat by Genoa would see Catania fall to the bottom three should Brescia beat Lecce in a relegation battle. They currently sit just three points clear of 18th-place Brescia.
Fiorentina travel to bottom side Bari hoping to claim only their second win on the road this campaign. The Viola, who are 11th in the standings, have mustered just nine points away from home this season. Meanwhile, Bari are 11 points from safety and without a win since 6 January.