Gonzalo Higuain says that Napoli’s win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League this week is the start of big things for the club.
The former Real Madrid hit-man is infused with confidence, after being made to feel the star of the show by his new manager, Rafa Benitez.
He was hardly a prolific goal getter in Europe for Los Blancos, but has already set about changing that scenario by scoring in the win over Dortmund.
Higuain now says that current Serie A leaders Napoli are bound for success this season and in the future, and has set his sights on dismantling AC Milan’s defence in a league clash this weekend.
“When you win, the next day’s always more relaxed and you work better,” he told Sky Italia.
“It’s no surprise that Napoli are so ready -- we have a strong team and a lot of work has been done in recent years, and with a coach like [Rafa] Benitez, I think we’ll do great things.
“It’s still early to say how far we can go; there are lots of months to come. We’ve overcome a big rival in Borussia, but now we’ve got Milan and we’ll do all we can to climb the table. It’s hard to say whether we’re favourites or not, what matters is taking the three points.
“Milan have been one of Europe’s biggest clubs for many years and they have won the second-highest number of Champions Leagues [European Cups], but Napoli are doing well so we’re going to try to win at the San Siro.”
Meanwhile, Argentine international Higuain has revealed that he was encouraged to join Napoli by the club’s greatest ever player, Diego Maradona.
The striker says that the support ‘El Diez’ gave him, as well the advice of his countryman and former Napoli star, Ezequiel Lavezzi, has confirmed that he made the right choice in leaving Madrid for Naples.
“I spoke to Maradona before coming here and he’s delighted that I’ve come,” Higuain said.
“I’m glad he feels this way too. Lavezzi also told me that you don’t experience what you experience in Naples anywhere else. It’s true and I’m happy here.”