Serie A midweek preview

Napoli head coach Walter Mazzarri is refusing to rest on his

laurels despite leading his side to the precipice of Champions

League football next year.

While they now cannot catch Juventus, who sealed another Serie A

success on Sunday, the Partenopei remain well placed to play in

Europe’s elite competition next season as they are seven points

clear of third-placed AC Milan with three games to go.

They can guarantee runners-up spot with victory at mid-table

Bologna on Wednesday although Mazzarri is not taking anything for

granted against a team he refers to as Napoli’s “bete noire”.

“Let’s remain focused, we still need three points,” said

Mazzarri on the club’s official website following their 3-1 win

over Inter Milan.

“I am satisfied with this victory, but I was afraid that we

would not close the game because although we had many efforts at

goal they managed to draw. However, we were able to impose our

supremacy and achieve a well-deserved victory.”

“Now we must go on with this intensity. On Wednesday we are

going to play against Bologna, our bete noir.

Milan will also hope to move one step closer to Champions League

football when they play rock-bottom Pescara. The Rossoneri went

four points clear of fourth-placed Fiorentina, who next travel to

relegation-threatened Siena, by edging out Torino on Sunday and

will be looking to carry that momentum into their clash at the

Stadio Adriatico.

“The match against Pescara will be fundamental. Winning there

and maintaining our lead on Roma and Fiorentina would be great,”

said vice-president Adriano Galliani.

Roma can go level on points with Fiorentina if they can follow

up Saturday’s win at La Viola with another three points against

Chievo in Tuesday night’s only fixture.

The Giallorossi can approach this match with confidence as they

are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions and have

claimed four wins in their last five.

Juventus will be aiming to celebrate claiming back-to-back

Scudettos at Atalanta on Wednesday, but they must do so without

Paul Pogba, whose season is over after being suspended for three

matches for spitting at Palermo defender Salvatore Aronica

yesterday.

At the other end of the table, Palermo host Europa League

chasers Udinese hoping to close the three-point gap on fellow

strugglers Genoa, who could move above Torino with victory over

Giampiero Ventura’s men.

Inter Milan have lost five of their last six matches in all

competitions so will therefore be looking for a much-needed three

points against Lazio, Sampdoria host Catania, while Parma travel to

Cagliari.