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Maradona Invited To Roma-Napoli Clash

The Serie A will explode after the international break with a clash between the top two teams on Friday night.

Roma will put their 100% start to the season on line when they welcome Rafa Benitez’s impressive Napoli side to the Eternal City.

The Giallorossi have been in inspired form, with 21 points from seven games so far, and 20 goals scored with just one conceded.

In their last two games, Roma smashed Bologna 5-0 and hammered Inter Milan 3-0 at the San Siro.

But Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says his team will arrive in Italy’s capital in search of the win that could take them to the top of the table.

"Napoli have never been afraid of anyone because we have a great coach and great players,” he said.

“I think the scudetto will be three-horse race, although I hope others such as Inter Milan and Fiorentina can join it.

"I hope it's a civilised battle, focused on maximum sporting respect, both on the field and in the stands and I appeal to our fans to be as extraordinary as they always are, whether we win, lose or draw."

Meanwhile, the sense of occasion at the Stadio Olimpico could be heightened by the presence of Napoli legend and world football icon, Diego Maradona.

The Argentine is in Italy and has been invited to the game as a guest of Roma, but it is unclear if he will accept the invitation.

"It’s true, and it’s a great sporting sign from a great club to invite Maradona to the Olimpico," Maradona’s lawyer Angelo Pisani told Radio Crc.

"Even if Maradona could give Napoli a boost by being present, Roma have invited him and that’s an honourable sign in the world of football.

"Roma have offered to organise everything, from a car to a plane, but time is going to be tight and we cannot know today if he will accept or not, but Diego is delighted by the organisation and the invite from Roma, even if he would be a rival for the Giallorossi."

"We all know the Pibe well and he has an incredible fantast, so it would not be a surprise if he decided to go to Naples to eat a pizza," the lawyer added with a knowing smirk. 

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