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The clubs from Southern Italy rarely competed with the Northern powers like Juventus, Milan and Inter. Diegoâ€™s arrival completely changed the landscape of the region. It is a common misconception that Maradona carried an average Napoli squad to glory. Napoli rebuilt the squad around Maradona initially with players like Ciro Ferrara and later on added Giordano and Careca.
Napoli had a very good team that was enchance multi-fold with the presence of Maradona. The trio of Maradona, Giordano, and Careca, better known as MaGiCa, led Napoli to its most successful period when the won the Serie A twice, Coppa Italia and the UEFA Cup.
Would a Maradona-less Napoli have won those titles competing against a strong Juventus and a rising Milan in the late 80s? Probably, and to some extent definitely, not but Maradonaâ€™s team was not average or poor as many people claim. Maradonaâ€™s greatness lies in the fact that Napoli were in the wilderness after he left.