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Napoli forced to change "lucky shirts" for Real Madrid game

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Napoli forced to change "lucky shirts" for Real Madrid game

Napoli forced to change "lucky shirts" for Real Madrid game

CARLO HERMANN

AFP

The Serie A side are unbeaten since October and on a run of 17 games without a loss after Di Laurentiis suggested switching to a new shirt.

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Napoli will be unable to sport their lucky shirts in the Bernabéu next Wednesday when they take on Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

La Gazzetta dello Sport ran a story in the run-up to the match confirming that the decision to start wearing a white shirt with a blue stripe was taken by club president Aurelio de Laurentiis, who decided the team needed a new direction before the match against Inter last December.

Napoli undefeated in 17 games

The ruse clearly had an effect, as Napoli are undefeated since then and on a run of 17 games without tasting defeat in all competitions. In Serie A, the Azzurri have won six and drawn two of their matches since the change of shirt, including a 3-0 win in the game against Inter.

La Gazzetta also referred to the “lucky shirts” and noted that they were designed with a nod to the fujenti, who for 500 years have carried out one of the most well-known religious processions devoted to the Vergine dell'Arco in the Campania region, of which Naples is the capital.

However, as the home side, Real Madrid will wear their traditional white shirts for the game, leaving Napoli to revert back to the blue shirts that give the side their name or the black third strip, which they last wore against Benfica in the Champions League.

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