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I don't know where Carson is, but seeing as the game is tomorrow, I thought I might as well start the topic here.

Burdisso is suspended for this game, so is Napoli's Domizzi.

Our injury list is quite long, and I don't know if Ibra and cruz will be ready for this match as planned.
 

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Serie A Week 26 - 2/3/08 (19.30 UK)
Napoli - Inter

Stadio San Paolo

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Napoli host Inter on the back of a comprehensive beating in midweek – at fellow promotees Genoa – but now could be as good a time as any to face the champions who, having not won in three games, could be distracted by their difficult European tie against Liverpool on March 11.

The Partenopei were eighth at the championship’s halfway mark. In October Edy Reja’s side claimed the scalp of Juventus but it was clear that the team, which competed in Serie C1 two seasons ago, was overachieving and since the turn of the New Year the Neapolitans have only won twice. Scuffles between the Coach and ambitious President, Aurelio Di Laurentiis, have coincided with a dip in form despite the signing of no less than four players in the January transfer window.

Top scorer Marcelo Zalayeta last hit the net in December and will be missing from the team-sheet on Sunday after a brawl in the tunnel against Empoli last weekend earned him a sending off and a two-match ban. Ezequiel Lavezzi, burdened with the expectation of any Argentine forward playing at the San Paolo, has hardly been prolific but is showing signs of sparking into life again after scoring a brace in the team’s last victory against Udinese three weeks ago.

But tactical confusion and a string of suspensions have made Napoli an unpredictable animal. Still without first-choice goalkeeper Gennaro Iezzo, the return of defenders Paolo Cannavaro, Gyorgy Garics and Fabiano Santacroce should steady a ship that has leaked 38 goals in 2007-08, only three less than Cagliari – Serie A’s most porous defence.

Reja said: “It will be difficult against the Nerazzurri, but we have always played well against the big teams.” Results suggest otherwise. Of the 12 points available against Milan, Inter, Juventus and Roma, the Partenopei have taken just four.

Inter are unbeaten in the League since February 2, 2007, and have one hand on the Scudetto after earning an exhausting and last gasp point against Roma on Wednesday night. The Beneamata suffered as Maxwell joined Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Julio Cruz, Ivan Cordoba and Walter Samuel in the treatment room. Roberto Mancini will be reassured to find Marco Materazzi on the plane to Campania given Matrix is unavailable to face Steven Gerrard and the Reds in the Champions League.

Interisti should also be worried as the last time the Nerazzurri travelled to the San Paolo in 2001 they lost 1-0 to a goal from Francelino Matuzalem.

Keep an eye on: Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli) – Not Diego Maradona, but another Argentine capable of winning games. Every time the diminutive El Pocho has found the net, Napoli have found themselves in the points.

Last season: Not played

Form guide: Napoli (W L L W L) Inter (W W W D D)

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Napoli (probable): Gianello; Contini, Cannavaro, Santacroce; Mannini, Blasi, Gargano, Hamsik, Savini; Sosa, Lavezzi

Inter (probable): Julio Cesar; Maicon, Burdisso, Chivu, Materazzi; Zanetti, Cambiasso, Vieira, Figo; Suazo, Crespo

Ref: To follow...

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I don't know where Carson is, but seeing as the game is tomorrow, I thought I might as well start the topic here.
i m here... :D:tongue:
 

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MANTA, we started the game thread almost the same time... :D so threads merged... :cool:
 

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We need to sticky this. We also need to win this game, we have been dropping too many points lately, and we will have a tough month ahead.

Lavezzi is always a dangerous player and loads of fun to watch. Without burdisso I guess Materazzi will be played. I dunno if our strikers will be ready though since ibra, cruz and cambiasso trained seperately on friday.

I hope to see pele, its been a while since he played more than a few minutes. He has shown way too much potential to be left on the bench.
 

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scores for Lazio !!!

The talk-shows are going to point out the Sven-Mancio-Lazio-Mancity Connection that sent Bianchi to the team just for scoring against ac merda.
 

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Also funny how the disallowed goal for Parma will be completely ignored. We can't have people realizing that other teams also benefit from officiating mistakes. Conspiracy theorist on this board will have nothing to write about.
 

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Also funny how the disallowed goal for Parma will be completely ignored. We can't have people realizing that other teams also benefit from officiating mistakes. Conspiracy theorist on this board will have nothing to write about.
Let's see Captain Totti mention this in his thread about officiating errors:dielaugh::dielaugh:
 

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****ing shit...milan drew... :mad:
 

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Mancini names squad for Napoli v Inter
Saturday, 01 March 2008 17:16:40

APPIANO GENTILE - Roberto Mancini has called up 20 players for Sunday evening's Serie A match against Napoli (Stadio San Paolo at 20:30):

Goalkeepers: 1 Francesco Toldo, 12 Julio Cesar, 22 Paolo Orlandoni.

Defenders: 4 Javier Zanetti, 13 Maicon, 23 Marco Materazzi, 24 Nelson Rivas, 26 Cristian Chivu, 40 Ivan Fatic.

Midfielders: 5 Dejan Stankovic, 7 Luis Figo, 11 Luis Jimenez, 14 Patrick Vieira, 19 Esteban Cambiasso, 21 Santiago Solari, 28 Maniche, 30 Pelé.

Strikers: 18 Hernan Crespo, 29 David Suazo, 45 Mario Balotelli.

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Napoli v Inter: disciplinary situation
Thursday, 28 February 2008 18:02:39

MILAN - Disciplinary situation for Sunday evening's Serie A Week 26 match at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples (kick-off 20:30):

Napoli
Disqualified: Domizzi.
Cautioned: Gargano, Garics.

Inter
Disqualified: Burdisso.
Cautioned: Cambiasso, Chivu, Cordoba, Materazzi, Vieira.

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Nicola Rizzoli to ref Napoli v Inter
Friday, 29 February 2008 12:23:18

MILAN - Nicola Rizzoli (Bologna refereeing section) has been appointed to take charge of Sunday evening's Serie A Week 26 match between Napoli and Inter.

Rizzoli, who has refereed Inter on nine previous occasions, last took charge of a Nerazzurri fixture on 29 September 2007 when Mancini's team beat Roma 4-1 at the Olimpico.

At the Stadio San Paolo in Naples he will be assisted by linesmen Maggiani and Pirondini, and by fourth man Palanca.

Serie A Week 26 fixtures & match officials (kick-offs at 15:00 on Sunday 2 March unless stated otherwise):

Napoli v Inter (Sun 2 March at 20:30): Rizzoli; Maggiani, Pirondini; Palanca

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fox soccer channel is probably not gonna show this match...but not sure about RAI International...
 

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mancini's interview...

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Mancini: "Hard game in Naples"
Saturday, 01 March 2008 17:45:50

APPIANO GENTILE - Roberto Mancini briefed the press ahead of Sunday evening's Serie A clash against Napoli.

Mancini, how are the injured players?
"We'll look at Cambiasso today but I don't think we'll risk him because there's no point doing so. He's okay, but I don't think he will play in Naples. We will see after today's training."

How are Dejan Stankovic and David Suazo?
"They're okay."

What kind of Napoli are you expecting tomorrow evening?
"They come from a couple of defeats, but they're a very dangerous team. They have Zalayeta and Lavezzi back in attack, and they are two very good players. They have some very good players in midfield and they're very dangerous at home."

Could the fact that Inter hardly ever lose become a psychological burden for the team?
"Not for me... Maybe for someone else, but for us, absolutely not..."

Hamsik had already been playing well for a couple of years before he joined Napoli. How come Napoli noticed him before the others and managed to buy him?
"Because they were quicker than the others. Hamsik is a great player and he will become even better in the coming years."

How is Zlatan Ibrahimovic?
"He's better. He's been running for a couple of days, and I think he can play against Reggina."

Will there be any new changes to the team against Napoli?
"There will certainly be some changes. A few fresher players will play, and others will go on the bench. It is our goal to get back to winning ways at a ground that is not easy. But I think we can win it."

Cristian Chivu is your only first-choice defender available for the Champions League match. Will you rest him in the next two games?
"We'll see how he is. I don't think he will sit out both matches. I hope our bad luck with injuries is over. We have two important games, and we will definitely rest him in one of them, but I don't know whether it will be tomorrow's game, or the one against Reggina."

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