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Feb, 21, 2012

Cavani vows to shoot down Chelsea

Star striker Edinson Cavani says Napoli will deliver another blow to English football by shooting down Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

• AVB wants public backing from Chelsea
• Gotta: Divine Sao Paolo

Italian side Napoli dumped big-spending Manchester City out of Europe's flagship competition in the group stages and Chelsea are the only English team with a realistic chance of reaching the quarter-finals.

Manchester United, like City, failed to reach the knockout stages and Arsenal were beaten 4-0 by Napoli's Italian rivals AC Milan last week, leaving the Gunners with a huge mountain to climb to qualify.

Partenopei striker Cavani goes into Tuesday's clash at the San Paolo stadium having scored twice in a 3-0 win over Fiorentina at the weekend and is confident of seeing off the threat of Premier League side Chelsea.

"This is a great chance for us to wreck English football," Cavani is quoted as saying in the Daily Star. "They have such a reputation but this year they have failed and we intend to make things far worse for the English clubs by beating Chelsea.

"We do not fear Chelsea, so we are confident that we can eliminate the last English team. We are not suggesting that this will be easy, but, with the way we have been playing, we are very optimistic.

"We are only sixth in Serie A but we are in good form and we will demonstrate that on the pitch."

Cavani, who has scored four goals in the Champions League this season, added: "A win for Napoli will be a dream and be a moment of history for the club.

"We can see that Chelsea are not as powerful as they have been in the past, but any English team is a tough prospect. It would be fantastic, though, to repeat the type of result that AC Milan produced against Arsenal.

"We feel that they are not the same club without John Terry playing, so we will be hoping that he is not fit for the game."

Meanwhile, Napoli owner Aurelio Di Laurentiis could be willing to offload Cavani, and fellow stars Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik if the right transfer deal comes along from any of the big name club's linked with the trio.

"If they have the money to pay, I am waiting for the offers," Napoli owner Aurelio Di Laurentiis is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror. "There is never a real price. The price is what the clubs need and what is the hot moment of negotiation.

"They are all fantastic players. We have a lot of fantastic players. I don't expect anything. Thanks to God, I don't need the money from anyone. I am rich enough to survive. But if somebody wants to make an offer, we are here to listen. You never to close the door to anyone because we are polite.

"If someone wants to make an offer, they can make an offer. We can laugh off their offer if we are not satisfied or we can say: 'Let's sit down and discuss this'.

"In life, there is always a price for everything. It is just a question of the right moment and the right people."

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