Bigon: Napoli could not have done more

Napoli director of sport Riccardo Bigon was content with his side's performance against Chievo despite criticism levelled at the players for not taking their chances.

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The 41-year-old former footballer was drafted in to speak to the media following news that coach Walter Mazzarri had felt unwell in the Serie A game. Bignon, however, did assure the assembled journalists that it was nothing serious and Mazzarri would return to duty within the next few days. 

On the match, he did not share the view of the media that Napoli were not focused in the game. The team missed at least two chances to bury the ball into an open net and only a second-half goal by Marek Hamsik settled the match and allowed Napoli to keep pace with league leaders Juventus. 

The result was much welcome at the Stadio San Paolo after two consecutive defeats to Juve and Dnipro had threatened to derail Napoli's promising start to the campaign. 

Bignon was content with the manner of the victory as he told Sky Sport Italia, "I don't think we could've asked any more of the team tonight [Sunday]. 

"Maybe they could have taken a few more of the chances that were created, but I am truly happy for the work this team is doing both on the field and in training.

"I want us to remain as high up the table as possible, but it doesn't only depend on us. If Juventus continue winning at this rate, then it'll be tough to keep up with them."

Much of the goalscoring burden has fallen on star striker Edinson Cavani but he was unable to feature in the Chievo match due to a thigh injury. This had led several journalists wondering whether Napoli were too dependent on the Uruguayan international but Bignon stated that the club had carefully deliberated on, and decided against, the purchase of another striker over the summer. 

"In general, in the summer there was talk of forming a quartet of pacey strikers capable of finishing well. 

"But the coach has found a formation that works. [Goran] Pandev? He's a player like [Alexandre] Pato or [Sergio] Pellissier, a good player capable of attacking from deep. 

"Sometimes you realize that we [just] need players with different characteristics."

Napoli continue to be just three points behind Juventus with Inter Milan close behind in the Serie A table. They next face Atalanta on Wednesday at Atleti Azzurri d'Italia. 

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