Maurizio Domizzi had a choice of three, the trio delle meraviglie. Which one between Marek Hamsik, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi would the former Napoli defender prefer not to have to deal with?
In an interview published the day of the match in the Gazzetta dello Sport, the 30-year-old didn’t name the 25 goal El Matador who was raring to go after being obliged to vent his frustrations in the stands of the Dall’Ara stadium.
The defender, part of the Azzurri team that won promotion to Serie A in 2006/07, didn’t name the Slovakian attacking midfielder whose goal tally has reached double digits for the second consecutive season.
The man the Rome-born player picked out as the most dangerous of the Azzurri frontline was the tattooed-gun-toting El Pocho.
“He is less of a trickster than [Alexis] Sanchez, but he has something more when it comes to athletic force and progression,” he explained.
Lavezzi loves to score against Udinese. Four goals in all, including his first in the Italian top flight in his second league match for the team he joined from San Lorenzo in the summer of 2007.
That 5-0 mauling of Udinese at the Friuli stadium was the largest winning margin since another Argentine had inspired Napoli to success, and comparisons were quickly drawn.
Despite the loss, the Pizzeria Veraci on Viale Augusta was still packed, although silence reigned. Rather than share thoughts on the match, the disappointed fans let the words of the country’s most famous pundits fall on their ears. No comment was made until the last of the voti, the marks out of 10 awarded to the game’s key actors.
4.5 to Cavani, also for failing to score the last minute penalty, silence; 5 for Hamsik, silence; 6 for Lavezzi, after all he did set up Mascara’s goal in stoppage time.
Harrumphs, grunts and tuts.
Six, the number for that which looks upon the ground, and which didn’t look favourably on Napoli, including Lavezzi, who showed why comparisons with The Number 10 were drawn perhaps too quickly.
The player who turns 26 the first week of May did not inspire, and when you follow in the footsteps of Diego Maradona, the power to inspire is the minimum expected.