Torino boss Walter Mazzarri faces emotional return to Napoli
Napoli need to beat Torino to keep the pressure on leaders Juventus.
Torino head coach Walter Mazzarri knows returning to former club Napoli on Sunday will be an emotional experience, particularly with his old charges seeing their Serie A title hopes fade.
Napoli’s 3-0 defeat to Fiorentina left them going into the Torino game needing to win to keep the pressure on leaders Juventus.
For Mazzarri the game will be an emotional occasion. He told his pre-match press conference: “Obviously, it’s not a normal game for me on an emotional level, as I received so much at the Stadio San Paolo over four years and I think I gave a lot too.
“They know me well. It’ll be a strong sensation to see people who I had unforgettable moments with.”
Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri could be forgiven for turning his thoughts to other matters after seeing his side’s title challenge run out of steam in the latter stages.
Sarri has been linked with the Chelsea job next season with some reports suggesting Antonio Conte will head in the other direction.
Napoli face Torino without defender Kalidou Koulibaly who is suspended after being sent off against Fiorentina and with Faouzi Ghoulam injured Lorenzo Tonelli is expected to step in.
With Belgian Dries Mertens being short of goals the Torino game could be the time for Arkadiusz Milik to come in for him.
With Torino comfortable in mid-table and out of the running for the Europa League places following home defeat to Lazio, Mazzarri could ring the changes.
Emiliano Moretti is suspended but Cristian Ansaldi is back from a ban. Alex Berenguer, Joel Obi and Lyanco are all injured.
Mazzarri must decide whether to bring in Simone Edera for Iago Falque to play alongside Adem Ljajic and Andrea Belotti up front.