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Mazzarri: Atalanta game was 'cursed'

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri could not believe his side lost to Atalanta on Wednesday night and insisted that it was too soon to bring Edinson Cavani back into the fold.

The Uruguayan striker has missed Napoli's last two games and, despite taking 39 shots in those matches, the Partenopei have scored just once. Mazzarri acknowledged his side's dominance before revealing the club's medical staff tried their best to have Cavani available.

"This game was cursed! We controlled it from start to finish. We had at least seven shots on target while they scored at the only opportunity," he told a post-match press conference.

"We immediately realised it was an off day. I'd like to look to the performance, but the fact is the results count and tonight we lost. We tried until the end with Cavani but it was right not to run a risk with this type of injury."

The 51-year-old also clarified his earlier declaration that he could retire at the end of the current campaign, telling reporters his comments had been misinterpreted.

He continued: "I never said I was going to leave Napoli in the summer, just that I would consider my options. These are just things a Coach who is out of contract can say. My future will only be decided at the end of the season."

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