Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro on Thursday described Italian
champions Juventus as a "special opponent" as the two sides
prepared to face each other in Beijing.
Cannavaro said his team were excited to be playing against
Juventus in the Italian Super Cup -- which is contested between
the Serie A Champions and the Coppa Italia Holders (Napoli) --
"Juventus is a very special opponent. We are always excited to
play against them and we are playing our best formation in
preparation for this game," he told reporters at a press
conference held in the Chinese capital.
The Italian Super Cup, or the Suppercoppa Italiana, is the
traditional curtain raiser for the Italian season. It has become
a showcase event for Serie A, having being staged outside of
Italy in recent seasons.
Napoli won the Coppa Italia by beating Juventus in the final game
of the 2011-12 campaign - a victory which marked the Bianconeri's
only loss of the season.
The Naples side face Juventus in Beijing's National Stadium,
which is also know as the 'Bird's Nest'. The stadium was the main
venue for the 2008 Olympics.