Ferrara presses Zielinski, Mazzarri invents one of his own: "Unfortunately Traoré had malaria"

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Ferrara presses Zielinski, Mazzarri invents one of his own: "Unfortunately Traoré had malaria"

The former defender's reflections on TV embarrass the Napoli coach. “It is easier to evaluate players in the league than in a European competition, why exclude Zielinski from the Champions list?”. Mazzarri tries to get away with a corner kick.

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Ciro Ferrara touches one of the raw nerves of Napoli who in this disastrous season (now they are actually 9th) have managed to make the scudetto won less than a year ago seem prehistoric. The former Italian and national footballer talks about the series of errors committed during Theo Hernandez's scoring effort but there is something else on which he focuses his reflection: the Zielinski case. His contract is expiring, Inter made him a better offer and he preferred to accept it. The consequence was immediate: excluded from the Champions League list, he will not be there against Barcelona.

President De Laurentiis has ruled out this being a matter of spite, claiming that certain choices – even if painful – are made to give priority to those who, especially among the new players, will have to be evaluated until the end of the championship. “I'm angry with his agent, not with the player” , were the words of the top manager in the press conference a few days ago.

The Pole is living in a surreal situation: he is, in fact, separated at home, he has his suitcase packed but is being used in the league as a reserve card: “Today he played because I thought it was right to let him play against Milan. Not it is said that he will also play in the next matches” , Mazzarri tells Dazn. And here Ferrara presses him with a precise reasoning: “If Zielinksi is an important player for Napoli because he is not in the Champions League list. If Napoli must evaluate new players, then they must play in the championship. Zielinski cannot be given up against Barcelona because they are two games, inside or outside… and he is an experienced player as well as a player of a certain level.”

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Mazzarri's reply is embarrassed. He is a “family friend” – as the president defined him – can he not contradict the company's version? No… and then he goes around and around the concept trying to get away with a corner kick. But the patch he puts is worse than the hole. “At the beginning of the year they made a list then three players left… we could only put three and it was thought that they are the future of Napoli” .

But it is easier to evaluate players in the league than in a European competition, where there are very narrow margins. It is Ferrara's acute response. Mazzarri's only reveals the difficulty he is struggling with: “Unfortunately Traoré arrived after malaria and cannot play more than 25 minutes… As an argument it may be right, but it happened that the other one (Traoré, ed.) was not ready and I couldn't put it on the field.”

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