Napoli striker plays down talk of Scudetto challenge

Gonzalo Higuain believes there is more to come from him and his Napoli team-mates, but he has played down talk of a possible challenge for the title.

The Partenopei were in clinical mood in midweek when they eased past Club Brugge 5-0 in the UEFA Europa League, and better still, they repeated this scoreline on Sunday when they thrashed Lazio in Serie A. Higuain hit a brace in the win over the capital club, who also had to pick the ball out of the net after strikes from Allan, Lorenzo Insigne, and Manolo Gabbiadini.

Although this was Napoli’s first league win of the season – they had drawn two and lost the other of their previous three fixtures – the manner of their victory has sparked suggestions Maurizio Sarri’s side could launch a bid for a first league title since 1990. However, Higuain, who now has 41 league goals since joining from Real Madrid in 2013, has played down such talk.

“This is just the beginning and we still need to give our best,” he told Mediaset Premium. “I stayed here to take Napoli back into the Champions League. Can we target the Scudetto? Obviously we have to aim high, but meanwhile Napoli deserve to be in the UEFA Champions League. I am happy for us and for our fans. Now we need to have a rest, because on Wednesday we’ve got Carpi.”

After Napoli travel to Serie A new-boys Carpi, who have lost three of their opening four matches and have just a solitary point for their efforts, Sarri’s outfit will welcome Juventus to the Stadio Sao Paolo. The Bianconeri are in the hunt for a fifth successive Scudetto this season, but have begun slowly and have collected four points since losing their first two fixtures.

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