Roberto Mancini tips Napoli as Serie A favourites

Italy manager Roberto Mancini has stated that Napoli are the favourites to win the Serie A this season.

Mancini’s Italy didn’t make it to the World Cup but they did play some friendlies when the others were playing in Qatar. The Azzurri had a decent outing in the Nations League, as they lost just once and that result came against Germany.

With Serie A set to restart in a couple of days, Napoli are at the top of the league and Mancini spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport recently about the second half of the campaign. The Azzurri boss believes that Napoli are the favourite to win the competition this time around.

He stated: “This is too difficult, and even more after 50 days off. But Napoli have good chances: eight points clear and a tested group that has also added two or three strong players.”

Speaking about the Partenopei, he further stated: “It’s difficult to talk about an advantage: they were in an extraordinary psychophysical condition. But it’s also true that a difficult moment in a season always comes: perhaps for them it would have arrived between November and December.”

Napoli are currently eight points clear of second-placed Milan in the table, with Juventus ten points behind the Partenopei. Inter, who face Napoli next, are 11 points behind the Naples-based outfit and their game is expected to be a rather enthralling one.


Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN

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