Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri was ecstatic after his side sealed a Champions League berth next season with a 1-1 draw at home against Inter Milan.The point was enough for Napoli to clinch third place on the Serie A table, and they are now set to tackle European heavyweights such as Barcelona, Manchester United and Bayern Munich in the Champions League next season.
It will be the first time for 21 years that Napoli will play in Europe’s premier competition and Mazzarri was understandably a happy man.
“It has been an extraordinary night and I have to thank everyone who works around the team, creating a sense of harmony to help the players give their best,” he said.
“This journey has been going for two years now and after talking to the club I will go into the press room and say what needs to be said.”
“Quite aside from personal rapport, we are professionals and have to be clear at the end of every season on where we are going in future.”
While Napoli know what they will be doing next season, the same cannot be said for Mazzarri.
The 49-year-old said last week he may leave the club at the end of this season, but the experienced manager would not expand on his statement when quizzed after the Inter Milan game.
“I really cannot answer this question until I have spoken to the club. I could lie, but I am always clear and I say that we must talk things over with the club before making any decision,” said Mazzarri, who is under contract with the club until June 2014.
“My honesty is often inopportune for this football world and admittedly I lack something in diplomacy. Please be patient, as after the meeting with the President we will be able to make everything clear.”
“I don’t know when the meeting will be, as I am an employee and have to wait for the President to call me in. Once we discuss everything in a 360 degree analysis, we’ll inform the media of our conclusions.”
“The first time I said that I’d have to talk things over with the President was before the Parma game, when we had four consecutive victories. It is nothing new, as I do this every summer. I just wanted to talk about this celebration and the wonderful atmosphere.”