Mazzarri expects a tougher test

03 November 2010 06:59
apoli coach Walter Mazzarri knows Liverpool will pose a much greater threat at Anfield than they did on their last Europa League meeting.[LNB] Two weeks ago Roy Hodgson took a weakened side to the Stadio San Paolo and earned a creditable goalless draw.[LNB]The Reds boss has promised to field a stronger team for the home clash in Group K and Mazzarri expects a more difficult challenge.[LNB]"Playing Liverpool means a great deal. We've played that first game now, we're at Anfield now in a stadium full of history and it is a source of great pride for our team just to be here," he said.[LNB]"We know it is going to be difficult but games are often decided by small incidents on the pitch.[LNB]"We need to be extremely focused, concentrate on our own game and also try to restrict the great players we will be up against tomorrow.[LNB]"We played Liverpool two weeks ago and we didn't lose so we are equal.[LNB]"It is one thing to say we are equipped to deal with Liverpool but another thing to actually do it.[LNB]"They are a big top team, even when they don't have their first XI playing, but I think the fact they came to San Paolo and adopted a cautious approach suggests they were a little bit worried, and so maybe we are starting to build a reputation in Europe."[LNB]Since the two clubs drew 0-0 in Naples a fortnight ago Liverpool have received a boost, winning both their Barclays Premier League matches.[LNB]Napoli, fourth in Serie A, lost at home to AC Milan immediately after facing Hodgson's side but bounced back on Sunday with a 1-0 win at Brescia.[LNB]They have lost only one of their last five away matches in Europe but have drawn all three of their Group K games.[LNB]Mazzarri accepts they need to find a win from somewhere to aid their progress into the knockout stage.[LNB]"We have played three games and got three draws so if we do well then that gives us a lot of confidence but regardless of the result we are going to have to try to move on in the next two matches.[LNB]"It would appear Liverpool have got back some of their better players and are in good form so we know we will have to put in a good performance."[LNB]Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik has been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League but dismissed suggestions tomorrow was a chance for him to showcase his qualities to a number of suitors expected to be in the crowd.[LNB]"This isn't really about individuals, it is about the group and it is an important game for Napoli," said the 23-year-old.[LNB]"It will be difficult because when you play in Europe there are no easy games.[LNB]"I know the Premier League is a great league and has a wonderful atmosphere.[LNB]"At the moment there are rumours (about him) and that is all. I'm quite relaxed about the situation and I just want to play well for Napoli.[LNB]"These kind of games help us to grow and mature as players."

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