“I can’t analyse the match without pointing out that we had at least six clear goalscoring opportunities,” explained Walter Mazzarri after Napoli’s home stalemate against Monza on Friday evening.

“I can’t think about last year because I wasn’t here. I can say that the team are creating chances and we’re not being precise enough or getting that slice of luck when it comes to finishing.

“We need to develop that calmness in front of goal because if we’d converted the chances that we created, we would’ve deserved the win tonight and would have a higher points tally in the table.

“I want us to continue down this path. The team is showing positive signs and playing with desire and determination. I’m not looking at the league table at the moment. We need to work hard and develop as much as possible as a squad.

“I never talk about the referee, but I do want to on this occasion to explain the reasons behind my protests. I must say we’re being provoked in an excessive way. Other teams are playing rugby against us. Look at how they treated [Khvicha] Kvara today. He was targeted. In previous games, [Victor] Osimhen was targeted by opponents, but then it’s our players who get punished despite the way we’re treated on the pitch. Enough is enough.”

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