ITALIAN SERIE A

San Siro, Italy

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AC Milan

  • Mathieu Flamini 29'

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Napoli

  • Goran Pandev 33'
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Napoli midfielder Valon Behrami has admitted defeat in the Serie A title race but cutting AC Milan adrift in third place tomorrow would be the perfect consolation prize.

The Azzurri trail Juventus by nine points ahead of the seven-game run-in - an advantage the Swiss feels is insurmountable - but victory at San Siro would more or less guarantee Napoli entry to the Champions League group stages.

Milan could be left seven points behind having dropped points in a 2-2 draw at Fiorentina while Napoli beat Genoa 2-0, but Behrami feels both results were misleading.

He told the Corriere dello Sport: ``Our only regret is that we are out of the title race.

``We could get closer to Juve but now we are only focused on qualifying directly for the Champions League by beating Milan at San Siro.

``It would be an extraordinary achievement and it would allow the club to plan more confidently for the future.

``It seems like we're favourites because the Rossoneri could only draw in Florence. But that's not how it is - it will be an extremely difficult game. They are in fantastic form.''

Napoli head coach Walter Mazzarri has a fully fit and suspension-free squad at his disposal while Milan miss seven-goal striker Mario Balotelli, who earned a three-match ban for abusing a match official in Florence.

Giampaolo Pazzini has recovered from injury and should therefore partner young Italy international Stephan El Shaarawy. The 20-year-old has, however, failed to score in five league outings.

``We will need to show great humility if we are to get a positive result,'' Behrami added.

``We have to mark all Milan's key men out of the game with a suffocating pressure. That's how we'll make it difficult for them.''

Midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, meanwhile, has asked to play in his favoured central position after finding himself drifting across Massimiliano Allegri's forward line this term.

He said: ``It's important to have a defined role. I don't like changing position every game, from winger to attacking midfielder or to striker.

``The coach has always told me 'It's perfect for me because you can play in five positions'. I reply 'Yes, but it's no good for me'.

``Tomorrow's game is one we have to win to finish second and that is our target for the season.

``It will be a difficult game, even though it's at home, because Napoli are incredibly strong.''

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