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Mazzarri hails hard-working Napoli

Published: Wednesday 28 September 2011
SSC Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri praised his players for "giving everything [they] had on the pitch" after their energetic display yielded a 2-0 win against Group A rivals Villarreal CF.

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Match statistics

NapoliVillarreal

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
9
Corners2
 
5
Offsides11
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
20
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)48
 
52

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:30 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 28 September 2011

Mazzarri hails hard-working Napoli

SSC Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri praised his players for "giving everything [they] had on the pitch" after their energetic display yielded a 2-0 win against Group A rivals Villarreal CF.

Walter Mazzarri, Napoli coach
We played very well for 60 to 70 minutes and gave everything we had on the pitch. My players were extremely tired in the last 20 minutes because we played for a long time at a very high tempo. I would have replaced five or six players because many of them were utterly shattered, but I couldn't so we had to battle until the end. A goal could have made our lives very difficult in the final minutes.

I would have replaced five or six players because many of them were utterly shattered
Walter Mazzarri
Today we brushed off the fear we had in our first match and we played a good game
Juan Carlos Garrido

I'm happy because the players have understood that our approach must be the same in every game, regardless of the opponents. And I'm very proud because every one of them understood that the team comes first before individual players. Just watch how hard the three forwards are working together. We expend so much energy because we don't have much experience in a competition like this and we're always forced to give everything from the first minute if we want to achieve something.

Juan Carlos Garrido, Villarreal coach
Their two goals came from mistakes and in a demanding match like this that's a deciding factor. We can be proud of the rest of the match because we fought all the time. The fact that we conceded two goals in three minutes can't be used to rate the team's performance. Before their first goal, we were attacking and looking for an away win.

After their two goals, my team had to make an extra effort and get forward to look for goals, but we lacked determination in front of goal. Today we brushed off the fear we had in our first match and we played a good game. It's a great step forward to cast off that fear and trust in our potential. Our goal is not out of reach yet and we're capable of beating all of our rivals.

Last updated: 27/11/12 3.56CET

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