Napoli's Walter Mazzarri: It was not our night against Parma

The boss of the Naples outfit did not mince his words when quizzed on his side's disappointing loss on Saturday, admitting that nothing came off the way he anticipated

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri wants his players to focus on their upcoming clash with Bayern Munich in the Champions League and quickly forget their 2-1 reverse against Serie A rivals Parma on Saturday.

Mazzarri’s side attempted a late comeback through Giuseppe Mascara but the visiting team ensured they bagged all three points thanks to Francesco Modesto's strike, and the former Sampdoria boss has made no bones about their poor display at San Paolo.

"Parma's approach was to defend and then go on the counter whenever we lost the ball,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

"They took two chances and made the most of them, and for that I offer them my congratulations. We had to find a spark to open the game for us, but unfortunately we did not succeed."

He continued: "We put in many crosses, and at 2-1 we had two chances from [Marek] Hamsik and [Edinson] Cavani, but only managed to hit the upright.

"When a team has six men in defence, it is not easy to find space. I told the guys to stay calm and look for the right opportunity.

“Once we got back into the game we tried everything, but we must congratulate Parma."

The 50-year-old then discussed being denied a possible penalty when Ezequiel Lavezzi appeared to be brought down.

"I think there was a penalty on Lavezzi, but the referee didn't give it and to me that is the same as my players' lack of ruthlessness in front of goal," he stated.

"Certain refereeing mistakes do impact on the game, but in the end they all even out.

"My only major gripe is that the referee didn't book enough players, whereas he should have supported the team that is trying to play football and not just block off opponents."

Mazzarri then emphasised the need for his side to get the defeat out of their system quickly, then concentrate on their upcoming Champions League Group A encounter with German giants Bayern on Tuesday.

"We must now look forward,” concluded the Italian. “On Tuesday we will play against Bayern Munich, but first we will digest the defeat tomorrow.”

Napoli remain third in Serie A with 10 points from six matches, but could lose that spot by the end of play on Sunday.