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Mazzarri tips tight battle for Serie A crown

9 September 2012 13:17

Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri expects Roma and Lazio to challenge for the Serie A title against the likes of his side and champions Juventus.

Juventus, Napoli and Lazio are separated by goal difference on top of the table with six points from two games, while Roma are fifth on four points.

Napoli beat Juventus in the Italian Cup final in May and Mazzarri believes his men should always be in contention for honours.

"Napoli are a direct competitor to the top clubs and have been for years," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"In fact, experts and commentators point to Napoli as the main rival to Juventus for first place."

But asked whether there are other teams involved in the title race, Mazzarri said: "Absolutely. There are teams equipped to do well until the end. I am referring mainly to Roma.

"But I think that Lazio have a strong team and should not be underestimated because they have found some consistency with their technical play and (Miroslav) Klose has found form."

Juventus finished last season as the unbeaten champions with a remarkable 23 wins and 15 draws, ahead of Lazio (fourth), Napoli (fifth) and Roma (seventh).

Juventus and AC Milan will contest the Champions League this season, while Udinese, Napoli, Inter Milan and Lazio feature in the Europa League.

Napoli face Parma away next up on September 16, while Juventus travel to Genoa on the same day.

Lazio are away to Chievo, with Roma playing host to Bologna.

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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 16 +27 39
2 16 +17 36
3 16 +9 27
4 16 +8 27
5 16 +8 27
6 16 +6 26
7 16 +7 25
8 16 +8 24
9 16 -2 22
10 16 -4 22
11 16 +2 21
12 16 -4 20
13 16 -5 17
14 16 -6 17
15 16 -9 17
16 16 -7 16
17 16 -10 15
18 16 -8 12
19 16 -17 9
20 16 -20 6

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