Napoli Puts Burden On Players' Partners In Serie A Title Race

SSC Napoli has taken a step back in time with its latest strategy for winning the Serie A scudetto: Jacqueline De Laurentiis, wife of owner Aurelio, distributed a manual to the wives and girlfriends of the second-placed side. The documents, written in sky blue and white, advised the women to avoid unnecessary family tension, and to make sure their men always manage to feel like "great players."

Pull out the high heels and get a hot dinner out of the oven, ladies. Massage your man's feet and provide a soothing cocktail. And for goodness sake, make sure Marek Hamsik's hair gel is fully stocked. And someone needs to make sure that Walter Mazzarri has enough cigarettes for his halftime moment of relaxation. Goodness knows Ezequiel Lavezzi could do with a bit of tension release, as well, judging from his performance against Udinese on Sunday.

Or maybe Napoli just needs to take pains to make sure that Edinson Cavani manages to convert penalties. That would probably be a more helpful strategy if they really think it's possible to catch AC Milan.

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