Diego Maradona took Napoli to great heights when he was a player, helping them win their last Scudetto in the 1989-1990 season, and he hopes his former club can bring the title home again. But he said that he is worried about their major title contenders heading into the business end of the season — defending champions Juventus.
SSC Napoli are on a brilliant run of form this season, having lost only two games in their Serie A campaign and looking like one of the favorites for the Scudetto. Legendary Argentine striker Diego Maradona, who joined the Italian club from Barcelona for a then world record fee, is very excited at the prospects of his club winning the title they have failed to lay hands on since his departure.
“This can be the year that Napoli wins the title,” said Maradona, according to fourfourtwo.com. “They are playing very well and can count on the goals of [Gonzalo] Higuain.”
Apart from his compatriot, the Argentine legend also singled out midfielder Lorenzo Insigne, winger Dries Mertens and defender Kalidou Koulibaly as the driving forces behind Napoli’s success this season.
The Old Lady comes knocking
The Partenopei are currently sitting on top of the Serie A, but sitting right behind them is the Old Lady with 2 points separating the two. With Juventus in inspired form, they will look to overtake the league leaders and claim their fifth consecutive Scudetto and equal the record for most title wins on the trot.
Maradona admitted as much, saying that, “But the problem for Napoli is Juventus. They are winning every match at the moment. If they continue like this then it will be very tough for Napoli.”
The Bianconeri have won 12 games in a row, after a slow start to the season, and another win would help Massimiliano Allegri’s men equal the club record for most consecutive victories.