Walter Mazzarri believes Napoli are at a disadvantage against Parma

The 50-year-old manager has expressed the Azzurri face a difficult fixture against the Crociati on Sunday, underlining that his squad has had a lack of time to prepare for the game

Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri has stated the home match against Parma will be a tough test, given the lack of preparation time afforded to him and his squad after the international break.

The Azzuri have won their first two games and before the World Cup 2014 qualifiers, beat Fiorentina 2-1.

But Mazzarri was quick to point out that the break has done his side no favours ahead of the match against the Crociati on Sunday claim they have had less time to prepare than their counterparts.

Speaking to, the Italian said that, “It will not be easy, as I have only had the whole squad available since yesterday while Parma have had fifteen days to prepare for the tie.”

Mazzarri pinpointed his key areas of concern on the pitch for the game, suggesting that the absence of Uruguayan defender Miquel Britos poses a serious issue for the team.

“I am very concerned that there is no Britos. This is my real problem for tomorrow,” he said. Mazzarri – a former centre-back himself – added, “Last year he suffered with a lot of problems of a physical nature, so we waited, he recovered and now he is back to top form. It’s a shame, because he’s important to us in the air and in set-pieces.”

However, Napoli will see the return of Goran Pandev from suspension, who will start alongside Cavani up front against Parma.

“Pandev has proved from the first game this season that he is a major player,” Mazzarri said of the Macedonian.

The manager is on the eve of his 300th game in charge and Napoli’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis was very positive about the future when speaking to reporters. “My hope is that he can be manager for 1000 games, and maybe all of them with me.”