Del Piero: ‘light-hearted’ Napoli can beat Juve

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Former Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero believes that title-chasing Napoli stand a good chance against the Old Lady in their clash at Juventus Stadium on Saturday.

The Bianconeri have recovered from poor form early in the season to draw to within two points of the league leaders from Naples, and can go top with a win in Turin.

Although Juve are on a 14-match winning streak in Serie A, their former trequartista has given his backing to the Partonopei, who look like real Scudetto challengers under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

"Napoli have found their own unique identity in defence under Maurizio Sarri," Del Piero told Sky Sport Italia. "If they are able to play with the same light-hearted approach they usually take, then Napoli really do have an excellent chance of winning in Turin.

"They have a solidity that allows them to be sharper in attack, with Gonzalo Higuain scoring in pretty much every game, ably supported by Marek Hamsik. I hope this match can be the confirmation yet again of how many stellar players are in these two teams.

"It is important for Napoli not to focus on the idea they are playing the decisive match against Juventus, because otherwise an emotional component can creep in and that can affect some players, especially away from home.

"After four consecutive titles, Juve allowed themselves the luxury of dropping points at the start. Now they have recovered lost ground with a magnificent record run. A lot of the credit must go to [Juve manager] Max Allegri, as he brought a different sense of calm and confidence to the side. The players give a great deal, but at Juventus it's all about being a unit."