Spalletti restarts with goals from Kvaratskhelia and Rrahmani. He forgets the stoppage with Lazio and inflicts a 2-0 on a good Goddess, who however failed in the offensive phase. And the advantage over the pursuers increases
Impressive showdown by Napoli that kills all hope in hypothetical pursuers, removes all doubts after the Lazio incident and beats an Atalanta who also defends well but after an hour must succumb to the infernal pace imposed by the leaders who earn more advantage and is now very close to the finish line. An excellent performance, preparatory to Wednesday’s Champions League match against Eintracht. Banda Spalletti didn’t suffer from Atalanta’s one-on-ones and imposed their class. The goal and some accelerations by Kvara are poetry, but the team as a whole likes it, also because the players from Bergamo tried in every way to react, not to be overwhelmed.
That of Naples is foretold, apart from the accident on the wrist in the warm-up for Meret (the extent of the problem for recovery to be assessed) which leads to Pierluigi Gollini’s debut, precisely against his former team which also holds the card. Gasperini inserts Scalvini in the back three, opts for Pasalic attacking midfielder to try to stamp Lobotka and inserts Zapata in attack, preferred to Lookman. Atalanta’s physicality doesn’t intimidate Napoli who start at a good pace and already at the start Musso has to pull off a not easy deflection on Politano who arrives at the shot after a considerable percussion. The Bergamo players always try to restart but two defensive recoveries by Politano on Zapata and by Kvara on Maehle give the dimension of the concentration and good physical condition of the Spalletti Band. And when the guests manage to skip the blue re-aggression, behind Kim closes every possibility, earning the applause of an audience that adores him. Musso is forced to make two other important interventions: on Kvara, who comes out in front of him after a spectacular slalom, and again on Politano who shoots a penalty on the move, saved by the Argentine. At the end of time Djimsiti hurts his flexors to stop Osimhen who comes out from all sides: Demiral replaces him.
what an acceleration!
Gasperini removes Hojlund – destroyed by Kim – and inserts Muriel to keep more of the ball in the offensive phase. But Napoli starts again very strong. A spectacular overhead kick by Osimhen is too central, then the center forward himself turns his head to the edge of the post. It’s the antechamber of the goal that arrives at the stroke of the hour, splendid. Anguissa steals the ball from Emerson, vertical for Osimhen who serves Kvara, who after receiving on the left swerves on the right, sending three defenders out of time and then finishing with a peremptory right foot. Napoli continues with an impressive “gegenpressing”. And Rrahmani doubled his head from the corner, but this time Musso is not blameless. Muriel, Zapata and Ruggeri ensure that even Gollini can demonstrate that he is up to this squadron, which also makes Europe tremble. Too bad about Kim’s right calf injury, it’s the only discordant note in the blue key.
March 11, 2023 (change March 11, 2023 | 20:08)
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