Massimiliano Allegri will not deny Monday's Milan-Napoli is “a Scudetto battle, no matter how hard they try to hide that fact.”
Despite there being only a three-point gap between them, the Partenopei and Coach Walter Mazzarri have been eager to suggest their title chances are non-existent.
“This fixture is a Scudetto battle, no matter how hard they try to hide that fact,” declared Allegri.
Curiously, both tacticians are from the Tuscan town of Livorno.
“Mazzarri and I are both sanguine fellows, but he certainly expresses himself in a different way to my own personal style.
“I don't think you always have to raise your voice or get angry, as there are different ways to show your authority.
“What I ask the Napoli Coach is to avoid getting sucked into controversy. Every now and then these issues can be fun, but sometimes I really don't enjoy them.”
Mazzarri has been very vocal in recent weeks on refereeing errors and the Disciplinary Commission, which used video evidence to hand Ezequiel Lavezzi a three-match ban.
Edinson Cavani will bear even more of the responsibility for the Napoli attack and is fighting for the Capocannoniere title with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“Cavani is still a long way away from Ibrahimovic, even if he is an extraordinary player,” shrugged Allegri.
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