Walter Mazzarri has suggested that Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio paid Napoli a big compliment after publicly revealing his dislike for the club.
The Italy international revealed this week that he is extra-motivated to beat the Partenopei due to his antipathy towards the San Paolo club.
Bianconeri coach Antonio Conte claimed that Napoli should take the player's comments as a sign that they are feared by big clubs, a view which Mazzarri shares.
"In our environment, everyone wants to win," the 51-year-old Italian was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Marchisio gave us a nice compliment because those in this world who are nice are not considered a threat by anyone. As a result, the match against Palermo is an opportunity to demonstrate that we really are 'dislikeable'."
As Napoli prepare to face Serie A strugglers Palermo, Mazzarri warned his troops that they must be at their best to beat the Sicilians.
"The match [against Palermo] is a dangerous one," the former Sampdoria boss added.
"We saw what happened with Bologna [who beat Napoli 3-2 at the San Paolo in December]. These are games where you need to get it right.
"We need to play against Palermo like we did against Roma because the Rosanero have less points than they deserve. I hope they play a little worse than usual."