Walter Mazzarri knows his Napoli team must win all five of their remaining Serie A matches if they are to overhaul league leaders AC Milan.Napoli suffered a damaging 2-1 defeat at home to Udinese last Sunday, allowing Milan to extend their lead to six points.
The outcome of the title race is now out of Napoli’s hands, with only a major slip-up from Milan able to re-open the contest.
Rather than worry about their Scudetto rivals, Mazzarri insists his players will be focusing on taking the maximum number of points possible from their final fixtures.
“We mustn’t do any calculation,” Mazzarri said.
“I have always said that we need to look forward.”
“I have tried to isolate the team from the pressure. If we play like Napoli, we won’t have any problems otherwise we can always risk something.”
“I am convinced that we can give performances like our best this season, hopefully with a little extra luck. I want the maximum in every game.”
Napoli visit Palermo on Saturday, where a tough contest is to be expected against the eighth-placed team at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.
“We have five finals,” Mazzarri said of the run-in.
“We will give 130 per cent and we need to keep playing this way until the end.”
“Only this way can we get important results.”